Student of the week Karthik Nataraj
Q: What grade are you in?
A: I recently graduated from 12th grade.
Q: What was your favorite subject? Why?
A: Mathematics because it involved a lot of creativity.
Q: Have you received any special awards or recognition?
A: I recently received both a National Merit Scholarship Award sponsored by Air Products, and the 2012 Donley Awards for Excellence. I also received the Richard Gaal Memorial Good Citizenship Award.
Q: Were you involved in any extracurricular activities?
A: I was a member of the varsity tennis team for four years as well as a member of FBLA, Model UN for the past three years. I also enjoy tutoring in my spare time.
Q: What is your next goal after high school?
A: To major in mathematics at Penn State University and hopefully become a university professor.
Q: What would you say your biggest challenge has been so far?
A: Balancing work and free time in such a way that I never get bored.
Q: What do you want to be remembered for?
A: My commitment to helping others.
Q: Who is in your family?
A: My dad Shankar, mom Soundarya and brother Gopal.
Q: Do you have someone you look up to?
A: Great thinkers from Newton to Feynman.
Q: Do you have any advice for your peers?
A: Don't make performing well in school its own end. Keep the bigger picture in mind.