SATHVIK VIVEK - PRESIDENT Sathvik is a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School. He has been training in Bharathanatyam since the age of five. He is one of the lead dancers for Natya Ninada Performing Arts Foundation and has performed in over 25 events thus far. In 2013, he earned the opportunity to perform alongside professional artists from India at the Alameda County Library and at the Smithwick Theater, Los Altos. Sathvik has been learning the viola for the past 5 years and is part of the MSJ Orchestra. He was part of the orchestra team that toured and performed in Europe in 2015. Sathvik’s has also been training on the piano for the last 8 years. In addition to the arts, Sathvik has been actively participating in competitive business and entrepreneur club DECA. He won second place at the Annual Silicon Valley conference in the last two consecutive years. In both years, he went on to be placed in the top 8 in the California State level stage of the competition. Including business, Sathvik is also interested in politics and was the NTL captain for the MSJ Ro Khanna campaign team in the 2016 District 17 Congressional election. In his free time, Sathvik enjoys playing basketball and bicycling. He is the co-president of the Cycling Club at Mission. He has also participated in the 50K bicycling event for the Canary foundation to raise money to support early cancer detection research.
Rithvik Baratam - Vice President
Rithvik Baratam is a high school senior at Mission San Jose High School. Rithvik is a strong advocate for students pursuing jobs in STEM fields. He has worked on the Ro Khanna for Congress campaign as a Canvas Captain and advocated with Ro, to educate future generations through preparing students in STEM fields. Rithvik has also tutored students k-8, during his summers at the Math Enrichment Summer Program. Math Enrichment is a summer program that creates a challenging yet enriching learning environment for students. In his free time, Rithvik loves to run and has been on the Varsity Cross Country and the Varsity Track and Field teams at Mission San Jose High School. In the future, Rithvik hopes to pursue a career in medical field and has pursued this interest through volunteering, internships, and shadowing.
POOJA SHAH- TREASURER
Pooja Shah is a freshman at Mission San Jose High School. She has been training with the violin for the last 11 years. In 2014, she was accepted into the GWYOA county orchestra in New York and performed in the Avery Fischer Hall. She was also accepted into the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, a summer camp in Tennessee, where she played and practiced alongside, many talented musicians from around the world. Pooja has been learning the piano for the last 6 years. She has been learning to sing Hindustani classical music since she was five. She performed many times for the Chhandayan organization (a non-profit organization which helps spread Indian music throughout the world). She plays junior varsity basketball at her school and competed in other leagues. She also plays tennis and hopes to pursue it further. During her free time she likes to read, draw, and spend time with friends and family.
Nihaal Gill- Secretary
Nihaal Gill is a senior at Mission San Jose High School He has been active in both his local and national community in trying to educate people about his religion, Sikhism. In an attempt to educate people, he joined the National Sikh Campaign (NSC) as the Director of Youth of the Bay Area. The NSC is a government organization that works to educate people on how the Sikh values are the same as the core American values. He has been a part of the organization for two years now and helped raise one million dollars for an advertisement that aired on CNN, Fox, Cbs, and Abc. He has been playing volleyball for the past 6 years and plays on the varsity team at Mission San Jose High School. In his free time, he enjoys to play basketball and be around friends. He also has a passion for coding and hopes to further his interest in that field.