Parthasarathy gets more national honors

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MHS senior Shruti Parthasarathy was recently presented with the President's Volunteer Service Gold Medal.

Parthasarathy received the award in recognition and appreciation for her "commitment to strengthen our nation through volunteer service and inspire those around her to take action, too." She also received a signed letter by the President of the United States.

Earlier in February, Parthasarathy also was one of two Wisconsin students to receive The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The other recipient was Elsa Witkiewidz of Trevor. Each student will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in early May where they will be recognized along with other recipients over the course of four days.

It is the latest recognition Parthasarathy has received. Here are some of the others:

Parthasarathy was awarded Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity Award by the National Academy of Medicine. Her Calm with Kalaa initiative, which aims to reduce stress and implicit bias with Indian Classical Dance, and an artistic statement about the thoughtful examinations of the role health equity in improving overall well-being have been published in the National Academy of Medicine’s permanent online gallery. Through a rigorous selection process, the National Academy of Medicine selects submissions across the nation to showcase ways art can help shape the social determinants of health in diverse communities.

Parthasarathy was awarded the highest honor by the National YoungArts Foundation for her exceptional artistic achievement in performing arts category for Bhartatanatyam, Indian classical dance.  Applicants range from the age of 15-18 from over 2,500 high schools across the U.S. The program aims to identify the most accomplished young artists in each discipline throughout the nation. That year, only 2.28% of applicants across 47 states were named a YoungArts Finalist, the highest honor.

Parthasarathy participated in the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami on Jan. 7-14 and has become a part of a professional network of more than 20,000 YoungArts alumni including actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton and Jennifer Koh; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; television writer, producer, and director Jenji Kohan; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.

On behalf of the United States Congress, in July 2019, Shruti was awarded The Congressional Award Silver medal by Congressman Mark Pocan for her commitment and dedication to bettering your community – and making a positive impact in the lives of those less fortunate. Recently, Shruti has been notified to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the U.S. Congress’ highest honor for youth, and attend the Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington, D.C. from June 15-17, 2020.  

In April 2019, Shruti Parthasarathy was awarded the Certificate of Accomplishment by the Princeton Prize in Race Relations earlier this week at Princeton University. She was recognized for her work through Calm with Kalaa, an initiative founded by Shruti to bring awareness on the ways Bharatanatyam (a-2000-year old Indian dance form) reduces cognitive dissonance and creates a bridge of cultural understanding among diverse student populations. On April 17, she was a guest speaker for Princeton University’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month where she led a Calm with Kalaa workshop