Latest Nicholas Green Award Winner

     Roshini Asirvatham has been named the Minnesota winner of the National Association for Gifted Children 2011 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award. NAGC sponsors this award, which is designated to recognize excellence in young children. The award program was established by Maggie and Reg Green to honor the memory of their 7-year-old son, Nicholas, who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting in Italy in 1994. The Greens believe it is important to recognize gifts and talents in children who are now at the age that Nicholas was when he died.
     It is with great pleasure that we honor Roshini Asirvatham. She is the daughter of Samuel and Usha Asirvatham. Rashini (who was eleven at the time of nomination) attends Friedell Middle School in Rochester. Roshini has earned many awards for her academic excellence. The last three years Roshini has scored in the 99th percentile on the Explore, SAT and ACT tests receiving awards from NWU in Chicago and Minneapolis. Roshini was a participant in the regional and national spelling bees. Last year, as a ten year old, she advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. Roshini has participated for the last four years at the National Level in the North South Foundation academic competitions. These competitions help fund scholarships for underprivileged children in India. Roshini's present career choice is to be a cardiac electrophysiologist. Last year her History Day project was on the invention of the cardiac defibrillator. In this year's History Day competition, Roshini made a documentary on what she believes is the most historically relevant scientific debate-the nature of light, wave or particle, and thus of matter itself. She qualified at the state level representing Minnesota at National History Day, where she placed fifth. Roshini has also participated in science fair competitions for the last five years. Her project assessing an ancient yogic technique's ability to improve brain function was recognized with a first prize and gold medal at the Minnesota state science fair. She continues to inspire and amaze all those around her. Roshini clearly represents the type of ambassador and humanitarian that we hope and wish for in all our gifted students
     The Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented are very pleased to name her as Minnesota's award winner. Roshini will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a certificate from NAGC. State winners across the country were selected for having distinguished themselves in academics, leadership, athletics, or the arts. The Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented, an affiliate of NAGC, hosts the Nicholas Green Scholarship nomination and award process here in Minnesota. MEGT congratulates Roshini on her outstanding achievements.
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