By Ravi R Ponangi
Atlanta, GA: APNA Foundation gave away awards to Whiz Kid winners in Category One and Category Two in a well attended ceremony that was held at Independence School, Alpharetta, on January 12.
Ajit Kumar, Consulate General of India in Atlanta, was the chief guest at the event that included quiz competition, musical entertainment and an inspiring display of sportsman spirit. Ajit Kumar said that though attending cultural events was a part of his busy lifestyle, charitable events such as the APNA Whiz Kid would always retain a special place in his heart. He selected and brought a special set of books to be awarded to the finalists.
The APNA Whiz Kid winners in Category 1 and Category 2 were: Category1 (3rd – 5th grade): Rohan Nagabhairava, Dallas, TX ($1,000 award); Sraavya Pinjala, Salt Lake City, UT ($500 award); and Arnav Singh, Tampa, FL ($250 award); Category 2 (6th – 8th grade): Ujwal Punyamurthula, Austin, TX ($1,000 award); Sumedh Surya Garimella, Atlanta, GA ($500 award); and Sairisheek Muthukuru, San Jose, CA ($250 award). All out-of-state participants also received $500 travel compensation.
In an evening that demonstrated the brilliant acumen of the young contestants, melodious musical entertainment, and inspiring speeches from leaders, the awards were presented.
APNA Whiz Kid preliminary competitions were held in November 2012 in 14 locations across the USA. Out of the several hundreds of children that participated, top five from each category were selected for the finals.
Madhav Durbha and Hari Pothukuchi hosted the finals, which saw a keenly fought and nerve-wracking finish. There were 25 questions in all for each category, with five questions each from Science, Math, Vocabulary, India and Social Studies. All questions were multiple-choice timed questions and the audience were surprised to see that time was not a constraint to the contestants. It was also interesting to note that the list of 10 finalists had only one contestant from the host city of Atlanta. Category 2 competition saw a tie for the third place requiring an extra round of 10 tiebreaker questions.
APNA Foundation also recognized Apoorva Gangavelli, a perfect 2400 scorer in the SAT examination.
Bala Indurti, president of APNA, expressed his gratitude to families and friends, who were pillars of strength providing the much-needed moral and emotional support to the organization. He also shared his resolve to let new blood infused into the APNA strategic initiatives after remaining at the helm for five years.
He expressed confidence that under the stewardship of president-elect Dr. V.K. Raju, APNA would continue smoothly in fulfilling its goals and objectives.
APNA Foundation promotes charitable activities primarily in the US and in India. The activities include educational, scientific, cultural, healthcare and other focus areas.