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NextGen: Janani Shiva

When I think about what it means to be a “well-rounded” individual, several characteristics come to mind.  And Janani Shiva strikes me as a true example of one, affirming my belief that our younger generation is capable of changing the world for the better. Only a sophomore in high school, Janani has spoken at the

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NextGen: Reeya Patel

On a basketball court, screaming fans cheer for the win. A young Indian-American player dribbles the ball near center court, dreaming of the same outcome. Reeya Patel, a senior at Huron High School, is energetic both on and off the court and talked to the Indian SCENE about her love of playing basketball and her

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Lifestyle

College admissions have changed dramatically. What does that mean for high schoolers?

At one of Troy-based Finesse Academy’s monthly alumni sessions in early December, college counselor Arun Ponnusamy, the chief academic officer of college consulting company Collegewise, extensively explained the changing role of college counselors in students’ lives and offered advice for college applicants. The Indian SCENE caught up with Ponnusamy to discuss the daunting college admissions

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Health

It’s not ‘just a phase’: How college students are addressing mental wellness in a climate of silence

Until recently, I think it’s safe to say conversations surrounding mental health and wellness have been few and far between in a vast majority of Indian and Indian-American households. For this reason, the immediate picture many generations of Indians have long held in mind when imagining someone “mentally unwell” might include alarmist and harmful fears

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Ask an educator: Why is there a big age gap in my child’s classroom?

After my previous column on advancing or widening a child’s education with more challenging experiences, I received a number of messages and questions from parents who are interested in this topic. I invite you all to join my Facebook group for Parents on which we discuss these types of issues. I have received a number of

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NextGen

NextGen: Dhruv Rathod

Dhruv Rathod, the only child of Manisha and Ashish, is a fourth grader at Novi’s Deerfield Elementary School who’s been singing since he was four years old. In March, the 9-year-old will have the opportunity of a lifetime: singing the national anthem at a Detroit Pistons game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (He’ll also be

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Health

What are the risks of vaping?

It looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, but it’s not a data storage device.  Instead, it delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive. Vaping rates have surged among teens. In 2018, a national tobacco youth survey found that over 3.6 million middle school and high

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