Gator of the Week: Srilekha Venkatraman

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S. Venkatraman is this week’s gator!

A. Guo, Editor-in-Chief

Srilekha Venkatraman is nearing the end of her virtual junior year, but she’s been able to keep herself busy through the arts, volunteering, and school.

Venkatraman is very passionate about the arts in particular, “I play oboe, clarinet, and piano. I’ve also been learning Indian classical vocal music and dance for many years, which I’ve enjoyed because they contribute to my love for the arts and allow me to connect with my heritage. I’ve always enjoyed learning and perfecting new music and dance pieces, and appreciate the solace I can find in taking time to play my instruments, sing, and dance.” Inside school, she uses her passion for music by playing oboe in concert band and clarinet in marching band, as well as being a clarinet section leader. Additionally, she loves to practice calligraphy as well and at Green Level she was, “the Projects Leader for the Calligraphy Club,” and helped plan projects for the year.

But her passions don’t stop at the arts, Venkatraman loves volunteering as well, “One thing I do is coach middle school Science Olympiad; I really enjoy working with those kids and giving back to the team at Mills Park Middle School that I was a part of a few years ago.” She also volunteers at hospitals by doing things like writing letters to nursing care center patients and designing encouragement letters for staff. “I’m also the Projects Committee Chair of the National Honor Society. I helped plan service projects for the chapter through this position,” Venkatraman adds.

In the future, Venkatraman hopes to become involved with STEM, and is currently in Green Level High School’s Science Olympiad team as a team captain. She says her interest comes from her passion, “about helping others.” Further explaining she is interested in medicine, with career interests like bioengineering and medical science.

Venkatraman is looking forward to marching band rehearsals in the summer after a full year online.