Sindhu Shankar

Indian Trail High School & Academy

Parents: Ravi Shankar and Viji Shankar

Most memorable high school moment: I couldn’t choose just one memorable high school moment. I will always remember my first tennis match, I was playing a marathon match, two-plus hours, something I would later become known for among my team, and the whole varsity team was sitting beside the court cheering me on, ball after ball. I will also always remember the first major event (a blood drive) that occurred while I was National Honor Society president. All of the officers put in countless hours preparing for the event, and in the end, we had incredible success, collecting enough blood to save over 247 lives! I will also never forget the times spend with my friends. We did everything from studying to going to games at ITA to hanging out in my basement playing ping-pong and eating food. I have developed lifelong friendships and wouldn’t give up the memories I have made for anything.

Most influential teacher: Bhuvenaswari Baskaran

Class taught: AP Calculus

Please explain why: This past year I had the privilege of having Mrs. Baskaran as my teacher, but she has had an impact on me long before I was her student. Even though I wasn’t in her class, she spent time and energy pushing me to take hard classes and encouraging me to aim for high grades. Beyond the academic realm, Mrs. Baskaran encouraged me to find time to volunteer/tutor my peers, play sports and simply to have fun. Mrs. Baskaran has the same attitude and relationship with countless others throughout ITA, and she is the unrecognized voice for many of the achievements I, and many others, have had. In the future, I hope to give to others the kindness and generosity Mrs. Baskaran has shown me, as it has had a profound impact on me.

School activities/clubs: Key Club, National Honor Society

Other school activities: Women’s Rights and Empowerment

School athletics: Tennis

School offices held: National Honor Society president; Girls Tennis captain

Honors, letters or awards: Valedictorian; Kenosha representative for state Distinguished Young Women competition; Most Valuable Player for tennis in 2017 and 2018; Grit Award in Tennis in 2016; exemplary performance recognition for piano at Wisconsin State Solo Ensemble; student ambassador for board of education meeting; AP Scholar distinction; four-year varsity tennis athlete; 100+ Community Service distinction; Outstanding Junior of the Year award, Medical Sciences Academy

Out-of-school activities/hobbies: United States Tennis Association tournament player; piano player (12 years); Bharatanatyam (dance); running; volunteering; spending time with family and friends; baking

College choice: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Southern Alabama, Case Western Reserve University, or NOVA Southeastern University (I have received acceptances at the colleges above and am currently undecided — waiting to hear about particular program interviews.)

Intended major/field of study: Biological sciences

Role model: My older brother Siva

Three words that best describe my role model: Compassionate, adventurous, intelligent

What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I hope to become a physician and work toward bringing adequate medical care to individuals, particularly children, in impoverished areas around the world. Above all I want to live in a way that positively impacts the lives of as many people as possible.