Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Burlington High School March Students of the Month Sanjana Manghnani & Navya Sebastian


Sanjana Manghnani

Sanjana Manghnani is a senior at Burlington High School. She is constantly pushing herself to better the community through participation in many organizations. She feels very proud to be a student at Burlington High School. Sanjana loves coming to school every day because she leaves knowing that she has learned something new or that she has become a better person, or both.
Sanjana can speak Spanish fluently, having moved to Burlington from Madrid, Spain 7 years ago. Despite knowing the language, she took AP Spanish hoping to learn more about the cultures in Spanish-speaking countries. Additionally, she became Co-President of the Spanish Club her senior year. Through this club, she has helped sell YUDA bands (handmade bracelets), raising money for a student in Guatemala to be able to further their education. Sanjana wants to build connections with Spanish-speaking communities. She has been offered the opportunity to go to Guatemala this summer with YUDA bands to meet the students who are being helped and to improve leadership skills. Sanjana has also been taking Italian since she was in middle school and hopes to continue learning Italian in college.
Her perseverance and drive to do well in school have led her to be on the High Honors Roll and Honors Roll throughout her high school career. Sanjana has always chosen honors classes and took her first AP class her sophomore year, and although AP Biology presented her with many challenges, she came out learning a lot from the class. Her junior year, she took AP English Language and Composition and AP Spanish. She decided to push herself even further her senior year by taking AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP Calculus BC. She enjoys the challenge AP classes present because they push her to pursue different learning and studying methods and prepare her for college.
Sanjana enjoys being a member of many extracurricular activities. Her senior year she was accepted into the VIEW Committee, where they recognize and respond to inequity, and actively promote a community that values human difference. She has been part of stage crew since her freshman year. Now, she runs the light board during plays and musicals put on by the school’s theater department, and she is Co-Booth Chief. The arts mean a lot to her and she hopes to continue her passion for theater engineering, specifically lighting, in the future. In addition to this, Sanjana is Head Editor of Poetry for Collab, the high school’s art, and literary magazine. A club that means a lot to her is Amnesty International. Sanjana is Secretary of the club, and she loves being help people around the world and bringing attention to worldwide issues that many people ignore. For example, recently, Amnesty International ran a fundraiser to raise both money and awareness for modern day slavery. She is also a member of the Science Olympiad team, Italian Club, and Peer Tutor club.
Next year, Sanjana is going to attend a 4-year university, majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is not sure which university she will be attending yet, but she is very excited to be able to conduct research to find new sources of renewable energy. She cannot wait to start her new journey!


Navya Sebastian

Navya Sebastian is a senior at Burlington High School. Next year, she will be a biochemistry major on the premedical track. Her main goal in her life is to become a medical doctor. However, her interests spread across a larger realm than just that of science. She has taken a wide variety of courses that demonstrate her well-rounded nature. She has taken AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, and AP World History. Currently, she is taking AP Literature and Composition, AP Biology, and AP AB Calculus. Sebastian has not only taken advantage of the AP courses offered at Burlington high school, but also the clubs and sports. She has been involved in Stage Crew, Marching Band, Peer Tutoring, Multicultural Club, French Club, NHS, Students for Asian Cultural Awareness (SACA), and Medical Careers Club (MCC). She has also been co-president of the medical careers club since her sophomore year.

Navya was an outdoor track and field sprinter her freshman and sophomore years, and a swimmer all four years of high school. She was also a co-captain of the swim team her senior year. Her efforts do not come without reward; she has been on the honor roll since the 9th grade, received the French Award for Highest Achieving Student, the MIAA Sportsmanship Award as well as the Player’s award, and the Kenton Wells Book Award.

In Navya’s spare time she paints and is even commissioned to do so. Her favorite medium to work with is oil. She is also a performer for the Malayalee community as she is Malayalee, an ethnicity with roots in south India. She takes part in a variety of activities, namely dance and art. She has been a dancer and artist in New England Malayalee Association (NEMA) annual competition, Drishya, where she has won first in both dance and artistry. She has also won first with her group in Swarag, another annual Indian dance competition. She has been dancing since she was eight years old.

Navya works on the weekends as an ophthalmic scribe at Burlington Eye Associates. When she finds time on her hands, Sebastian does not stay idle, she helps around her community. She has been involved in many Adopt-a-class opportunities and has served a total of 116 hours at her local pregnancy help center.

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