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NextGen: Srushti Gubbi

With an enthusiasm for the vocal arts and a passion for music, Srushti Gubbi, 13, has taken the center stage at many events, including a Detroit Lions game and the U.S. Open, where she sang the National Anthem after Serena Williams competed. Poised and steady, Srushti performs with ease and shows that even a middle-schooler

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NextGen: Sahil Deenadayalu

Next fall, Sahil Deenadayalu will attend Case Western University, where he was recruited to play tennis. But for now, he’s a senior at Greenhills High School in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his parents—whom he describes as “funny” and “forward-thinking”—and “two cute, fluffy, white bichons named Coco and Louie.” The Indian SCENE caught up

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NextGen: Isha and Eera Bhatt

As an older sibling, I’ve come to appreciate the saying that “every girl needs a sister.”  That was evident in the closeness between Isha and Eera Bhatt. On a steamy summer’s day in June, the Bhatt sisters invited me to their home in Troy and showed me the loving relationship which sisters sometimes possess. Isha

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NextGen: Sindhu Vasudevan

Raised in Detroit suburbs for most of her young life, Sindhu Vasudevan has been earning prizes and critical acclaim as a vocalist in Carnatic music, a South Indian classical style. The junior at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas came to our notice about a month ago through a Facebook video of her singing

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NextGen: Arthi Nithi

There was no shortage of conversation on my first phone call with Arthi Nithi, a powerlifting champion who is an engineer by profession. What I found was a multitude of unique traits, painting a picture of woman who is anything but conventional. The Indian SCENE: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Arthi Nithi: I am 22

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NextGen: Ambika Tripathi

Ambika Tripathi, 16, doesn’t let the pressure of academics to take a toll on her. Instead, she uses art as an outlet to relax and see the world from a new perspective. A talented cartoonist and member of DECA with a brain for business, Ambika took an hour out of her busy day to meet

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Want to succeed in college? Here are 3 steps to start.

Twenty years ago, I started college as a know-it-all, confident, 17-year-old. A National Honor Society member, an AP Scholar of some sort, and several other accolades that I no longer remember even vaguely. I got into the University of Michigan with enough credits to almost be a junior. I had everything perfectly mapped out. As

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Ask the educator: Can privilege become a problem?

Recently, The College Board, the company that produces the SAT and related tests, announced that it would be utilizing an “Environmental Context Dashboard” (known in the popular press as an “adversity score”) to help college admissions officers better understand a student’s SAT score in the context of his/her home and school environments. This dashboard gives

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This graduation season, take time to celebrate

It’s June, which means “graduation season” for parents, grandparents and students. This year is especially resonant for my wife and me, as our son graduated from high school, and we celebrated with a modest open house for our son, family and close friends.  “Modest” was the compromise negotiated with our son, who had respectfully asked

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