Rachel was just named the first-place winner in the 2023 Congressional App Challenge for Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District, thanks to her mobile app, "Renal Dialysis." On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Sun was congratulated in a special ceremony by Congressman Scott Fitzgerald. In the spring, she will travel to Washington D.C. to present her award to congresspeople and tech companies at a national science fair.
Level 3 student Lillian Wickman has been dancing ballet since the age of 2. In the fall, she auditioned and was invited to perform with the Milwaukee Ballet’s Professional Production Company, for the debut performance of Drosselmeyer’s Imaginarium Nutcracker. She was among the youngest in the cast. This tremendous opportunity took time and dedication from Lillian as she needed to keep up with her studies during practice breaks. She continued with her traditional training, along with her training and rehearsals for the performance.
BA Sophomore Neerja Ahuja earned second place in a national Bill of Rights Day contest sponsored by the federal courts. Students in grades 5-12 submitted essays and art projects proposing a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The panel of judges included U.S. Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Judge Katherine M. Menendez from the District of Minnesota, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kellie M. Barr from the Southern District of Indiana. Neerja Ahuja's essay can be found here.
BA sophomore, Raghav Vijayapal, founded a not-for-profit organization called ForeGood. The primary goal of the organization is to raise funds to support Alzheimer's research and awareness. His grandmother's courageous battle with Alzheimer's and dementia was the reason he decided to establish the organization. He held a golf outing at Wanaki Golf Course in June 2023 and has a second event scheduled for July 13, 2024. He also participated in the Alzheimer's Walk in September. Raghav said, "ForeGood is my way of turning personal adversity into a force for positive change, one golf swing and one step at a time." He was featured recently on The Morning Blend on WTMJ. You can view his interview here.
Level 7 student Adharsh Aavan participates with the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps (ARCh). He is a member of the organization's Youth Team.
Adharsh Aavan has volunteered as the youngest member of the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps for 100+ hours. At ARCh, Adharsh works to spread awareness about disabilities, and the message of inclusion through anti-bullying presentations at schools. He also plays an active role in events called “Teen Times” where he and the Organization do events with teens who have disabilities to make them feel included in the community. Notably, Adharsh and his club has been recognized in Waukesha’s Freedman’s Newspaper.