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The Buzzing Bee At NSF

Press Release
05/29/2007

The 7th MA regional educational contests of the North South Foundation were held on April 1st at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for Cambridge chapter. The event was co sponsored by Study Porch.

For Worcester Chapter they were held on April 14th and 15th at Fitchburg State College. The event was co sponsored by Fitchburg State College.

These Events are made possible by Dr. Anu Annaswamy and Dr. Meledath Govindan, who helped in acquiring the facilities at MIT and FSC, respectively.

Over 432 contestants participated in the Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Geography and Essay Writing and Public speaking contests at these two centers.

Because of their popularity, Spelling bee and Math bee were held at both the centers. All participants received a participation certificate and medal.

The chief guest for April 1st evening was Justice Sabita Singh of MA Superior Court, who gave the key note speech at the MIT contests and urged children to excel in their studies and get involved in community affairs. Justice Singh has helped the NSF in the past years as a judge in the spelling and vocabulary contests. She distributed the medals to the math, vocabulary and spelling bee winners.

There was an entertainment program on April 15th called Bhangra Beats. Reshma Singh, founder of Khelmel conducted a free workshop for kids on Bhangra.

The chief guest for April 14th evening was – Poonam Ahluwalia, Founder and Executive Director of Youth Employment Summit (YES). She gave away the participant and winner’s medals for Essay writing, Geography, Public speaking competitions. The chief guest for April 15th was Meghna Chakrabarti, Reporter, WBUR News. She gave away the medals for Math and Spelling bee participants and winners.

All children were also give a Dollar-A-Square pledge sheet and encouraged to participate in fundraising for merit-based scholarships provided by NSF for poor children in India.

Madhavi Nathan Oliver was the regional coordinator for Cambridge chapter and Ruma Neogy for Worcester chapter.

NSF would like to acknowledge the efforts of this years regional coordinators, technical coordinators, judges, pronouncers and the many volunteers who made this event possible.

The winners of the contests are listed in the table below:

Cambridge Chapter

Rank

Name

Grade

Town*

JUNIOR VOCABULARY

1

Nikhil Srinivasan

3

Littleton

2

Rohit Rajiv

3

3

Niket Gowravaram

3

Acton

INTERMEDIATE VOCABULARY

1

Aneesh Anand

6

2

Suma Anand

6

3

Akshat Shekhar

7

Quincy

SENIOR VOCABULARY

1

Ramesh Govindan

10

Lancaster

MATH BEE LEVEL 1 (Cambridge)

1

Vasumitra Rao

2

Westford

1

Afareen Jaleel

2

1

Ashwin Krishnaswamy

2

MATH BEE LEVEL2 (Cambridge)

1

Preetham Chippada

4

Lexington

2

Tushita Gupta

5

Acton

3

Suryateja Rao

4

Wstford

MATH BEE LEVEL 3 (Cambridge)

1

Sheela Devadas

6

2

Priya Donti

8

Andover

3

Akshat Shekhar

7

Quincy

JUNIOR SPELLING BEE (Cambridge)

1

Namita Arunkumar

3

2

Ashya Singh

1

Lowell

3

Akhil Meka

3

SENIOR SPELLING BEE (Cambridge)

1

Akshat Shekhar

7

Quincy

2

Serene Singh

4

Falmouth, ME

3

Irtika Kumari

6

Tyngsborough

Worcester Chapter winners

Rank

Name

Grade

Town

Junior Essay Writing

1

Meghana Vagwala  

4


2

Nihal Gowravaram  

5


3

Sajeth Dinakaran  

4

Framingham

Intermediate Essay Writing

1

Mallika Govindan  

7

Lancaster

2

Bridgit Kodenkandath

6


3

Nivedha Ram  

6

Boxborough

Senior Essay Writing

1

Ramesh Govindan

10

Lancaster

Junior Geography bee

1

Rohit Rajiv  

3


2

Vinay Reddy  

3


3

Pranav Nanga  

3


Senior Geography bee

1

Saharsh Mehta

8


2

Mallika Govindan  

7

Lancaster

3

Deepank Korandla  

8


Math bee Level 1 (Fitchburg)

1

Nadha Illikkal  

2


2

Dhruv Ramanujan  

2


3

Anirudh Iyengar  

2


3

Ethan Oliver

2

Littleton

Math bee Level 2 (Fitchburg)

1

Nihal Gowravaram  

5

Acton

2

Niket Gowravaram  

3

Acton

3

Abhinav Venigalla  

4

Southborough

Math bee Level 3 (Fitchburg)

1

Deepank Korandla  

8


2

Saharsh Mehta  

8


3

Nivedha Ram  

6

Boxborough

Junior Public speaking

1

Prashanth Vennapusa  

6

Lancaster

2

Hemang Kaul  

6

Andover

3

Muneeba Syed  

6

Shrewsbury

Senior Public Speaking

1

Wajida Syed  

11

Shrewsbury

2

Mounica Donepudi  

10


3

Rishi Singh  

11

N. Dartmouth

Junior Spelling bee (Fitchburg)

1

Rohit Rajiv  

3


2

Surabhi Iyer  

2


3

Ashwin Krishnaswamy  

2


Senior Spelling bee (Fitchburg)

1

Priyatham Vennapusa  

6

Lancaster

2

Nivedha Ram  



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