CRC Ambassador: Vikasini Veerni

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Vikasini Veerni

Vikasini Veerni

Name: Vikasini Veerni Goes by: Viki Veerni


Age: 14 Grade(Fall 2015) - Freshman at Olentangy Orange High School

In-school pursuits - Robotic club, Math Counts, Marching Band (percussion)

Extra curricular pursuits: Classical Dance (Bharatnatyam and Kathak) Music (Carnatic music), Youth Volunteer at Vindhya Cultural Association Hobbies: Cooking, watching TV, Robotics What do I want to be when I grow up:

My first choice is to be a physician, I want to specialize in OBGYN so I can work with underprivileged moms to be.

My second choice is to pursue a career in engineering, in areas related to medical science and research.

Why do I want to be a CRC ambassador:
I am going to be a freshman in high school this fall and I wanted to reach out and through volunteering activities learn about real life and how I can help. When my mom I learned about about CRC and the CRC Ambassadorship program , I was immediately interested because it gives me an opportunity to be involved in science projects and also volunteering. I checked out the website and I especially like what I read about recycling electronics and also adopting a school and helping kids that want to be in school, but do not have much. I would like to help in any way I can. I also look forward to learning to be a helpful, productive, kind citizen and eventually.

Honors and Recognition:
  • School finalist in Geography Bee, 2014
  • Member MathCounts club – 2012-2014
  • Member Robotics club – 2012-2013
  • 1st prize winner, FIA Dance competition – 2009
  • 2nd Prize winner, FIA Dance competition - 2010
  • 3rd Prize winner, FIA Dance competition – 2011
  • 1st Prize winner, Vindhya Cultural Association Dance Competition – 2015
  • 2nd Prize winner, Vindhya Cultural Association Essay Competition – 2013
  • Special Prize winner, Vindhya Cultural Association Band Competition – 2014
  • 2nd Prize winner, Vindhya Cultural Association Band Competition – 2015
  • 1st Prize Ribbon, Ohio State Fair, Robotics – 2014
  • Performed in multiple Columbus Tyagaraja Aradhana since 2008
  • Participated in Music Quiz competition in Columbus Tyagaraja Aradhana in 2015
  • Drumline member, Orange Pioneers Marching Band – 2015-2019
  • Participated in 3 Friday Night Live shows of the Orange Pioneers
  • Band member since 7th grade
  • Middle school Choir member – 2012-2014
  • Performed Kathak at Indian Springs Elementary School as a cultural ambassador – January 2016

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Project Impact & News:

0. 2015 CRC Ohio Invitational Science Fair on 02-21-2015 .

1. Since 2008, CRC project collected more than 50,000lbs of eWaste (Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, TVs, and thousand pounds of computer peripheral items) and safely redirected for proper recycling.

2. Donated refurbished items to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and more than 1500 recycled bags of clothes to PlanetAid foundation. Shipped 235 boxes of Indian clothes to flood affected areas in AP, India with help of local organizations and in 2009.

3. Total Adopted Schools since 2009: 50 > 2009 -13 Elementary/High schools, 2010- 8 High Schools, 2011- 6 High Schools, 2012-13- 13 High Schools, 2014- 13 High Schools..

4. CRC fund-raised for other charities: (Central Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, UNICEF)

5. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2011 Volvo Adventure- The United Nations Environmental Programme Project Read more details (Select Country-United States, select project 6)

6. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2011 Prudential Spirit State Finalist Read more

7. Community Recycling Campaign project details on the Junior Scholastic, National Magazine, April 2011 Issue Read more

8. Can you help save the earth? Meet five young people who saw problems--and set out to fix them.(Brennan Bird, Jonny Cohen, Diana Lopez, Sachin Rudraraju and Freya Chay Read more

9. A Davidson Young Scholar Making a Difference, In the Spotlight Read more

10. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2008 Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador Program- Read more

11. TechColumbus Innovation Awards Semi-Finalist (2010, 2011) - for Green Innovation and Non-Profit Service Read more

12. Story published in the Columbus Monthly Magazine -2012 Issue

13. E-Waste: Dark Side of Digital Age >> These days, it's often cheaper and more convenient to buy a new PC than to upgrade an old one. But what happens to those old computers once they've been abandoned for newer models? The refuse from discarded electronics products, also known as e-waste, often ends up in landfills or incinerators instead of being recycled. And that means toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury that are commonly used in these products can contaminate the land, water and air.

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