MARCH 2017

One girl’s vision of a wondrous star-filled sky ripe for exploration and discovery was selected from hundreds of entries submitted from across the country to the NASA student art contest. More info about the inspiration behind this painting -

Apoorva Panidapu, a sixth grader from California Connections Academy in Evergreen, California, was named grand-prize winner of NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Student Art Contest.


FEBRUARY 2018, 2019, 2020

Won the following awards -
Gold Key 2018: Photography

Honorable Mention 2018: Photography
Honorable Mention 2018: Day at the Beach (Art)

Honorable Mention 2018: Innocence (Art)

Honorable Mention 2018: Drawing & Illustration

Honorable Mention 2020: Caged (Art)

Honorable Mention 2020: Crash (Art)
Silver Keys 2018: Critical Essay Writing (The Struggle for Power)

Silver Keys 2018: Critical Essay Writing (Ender's Game: Compassion and Ruthlessness)

Silver Key 2019: Personal Essay/Memoir (Girls Count Too)

Silver Key 2020: Critical Essay


2016 - Bronze; 2017 - Silver; 2018, 2019 - Gold

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

In addition to my efforts to support African children, I have also been raising funds since 2015 for the VTS World Seva Organization and visually-challenged children in India by tutoring and participating in various community service projects.


I am honored to be chosen as a recipient of a Daily Point of Light Award. This award is given out each weekday by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. 


Established by the late President George H.W. Bush during his presidency, the Daily Point of Light Award recognizes extraordinary volunteers who are donating their time and talent to better their communities.


Interview with Points of Light -

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