News India Times – that’s all you need to know U.S. Affairs News India Times May 20, 2022 4 Opinion Several 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Of Indian Origin T he U.S. Education Department announced 161 high school seniors who are to be honored as 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars, among them at least 29 to 30 of Indian origin. The 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars contains Indian-American high school seniors excelling in various fields of endeavor. “Our 2022 Presidential Scholars rep- resent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve,” Secretary of Educa- tion Miguel Cardona is quoted saying in the press release. “Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride.” “Throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation’s history and amid our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know America’s future is bright,” Cardona added. TheWhite House Commission on Presi- dential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to commu- nity service and leadership. Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists. As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program. Indian-Americans Among 2022 U.S. Presi- dential Scholars * Scholar for U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts. ** Scholar for U.S Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. Arizona **AZ – Glendale – Salil Naik, Mountain Ridge High School, Glendale, Arizona. California *CA – Fremont – Reva Srivastava, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California. Colorado CO – Highlands Ranch – Rishika Kartik, St. Mary’s Academy High School, Englewood, Colorado. Connecticut (both candidates from this state are of Indian origin) CT – Niantic – Aditya Kabra, East Lyme High School, East Lyme, Connecticut. CT –W. Hartford – Maya Prafulla Shah Palanki, Conard High School, West Hart- ford, Connecticut. Delaware DE – Hockessin – Arjan Singh Kahlon, The Charter School ofWilmington, Wilming- ton, Delaware. **DE – Newark – Sreeya Pittala, Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School, New- ark, Delaware. Florida FL – Tallahassee – Sandhya Kumar, Lawton Chiles High School, Tallahassee, Florida. Georgia **GA – Cumming – Ayush G. Gundawar, South Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia. Illinois (4 our of 5 candidates from this state are of Indian origin) **IL – Naperville – Rishi Patel, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois. **IL – Naperville – Jaisnav Rajesh, Wau- bonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois. **IL – Naperville – Piya Shah, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois. IL – Oak Brook – Jui Khankari, Hinsdale Township High School Central, Hinsdale, Illinois. Indiana IN – Newburgh – Sneha Yelamanchili, Signature School, Evansville, Indiana. Iowa IA – Bettendorf – Kavya Kalathur, Pleasant Valley Community High School, Pleasant Valley, Iowa. Kansas KS – Fort Scott – Shekhar Kumar Gugnani, Fort Scott High School, Ft Scott, Kansas. KS – Overland Park – Gauri Yadav, Olathe North High School, Olathe, Kansas. Louisiana LA – Lafayette – Anil Cacodcar, Episcopal School Of Acadiana, Cade, Louisiana. LA – Shreveport – Ashini Modi, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport, Louisiana. Maine ME – Bar Harbor – Sirohi G. Kumar, Mount Desert Island High School, Mount Desert, Maine. Massachusetts MA – Shrewsbury – Aryan Kumar, Ad- vanced Math and Science Academy, Marlborough, Massachusetts. Minnesota MN – Minneapolis – Dedeepya Guthikon- da, Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota. Mississippi MS – Greenwood – Dia Chawla, Pillow Academy, Greenwood, Mississippi. North Carolina NC – Chapel Hill – Dheepthi Mohanraj, The North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina. Oklahoma OK – Oklahoma City – Aishwarya Swamid- urai, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Pennsylvania PA – Bryn Mawr – Adamya Aggarwal, Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylva- nia. Texas TX – Austin – Siddh Bamb, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas. Utah *UT – Salt Lake City – Malavika G. Singh, West High School, Salt Lake City, Utah. Vermont VT – South Burlington – Sriram Sethura- man, South Burlington High School, South Burlington, Vermont. Virginia VA – Potomac Falls – Uma Pillai, Potomac Falls High School, Sterling, Virginia. Wisconsin WI – Verona – Ananya Krishna, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, Wisconsin. By a StaffWriter Photo:Linkedin @siddh-bamb Photo:Facebook @hinsdaled86 Photo:Linkedin @ananya-krishna Siddh Bamb Jui Khankari Ananya Krishna Biden Pivots To Asia As Ukraine War Rages On said. “It’s just that there are so many Chi- nese companies that are at the doorstep of ASEAN and want to invest. For us in Indonesia, we are open to investments.” Trade will feature prominently in discussions Friday, May 13, 2022, with the Biden administration pushing forward its proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Frame- work (IPEF), a new mechanism to make up for the collapse of the long-mooted Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agree- ment with Asian countries abandoned by the Trump administration. Critics, though, see it as a patchwork approach to regional trade that’s still light on specifics and which may be of limited merit to ASEAN countries. “The results will do little to change the basic economic balance between the United States and China,” wrote James Crabtree, executive director of the Inter- national Institute for Strategic Studies- Asia. “The IPEF will ultimately leave the Biden administration reliant on the same old, unbalanced strategy, whereWashing- ton must focus on its military and security heft to prop up its regional influence.” That raises other wrinkles in the re- lationship. Lawmakers in Congress and officials in the administration have been disappointed in ASEAN’s tepid response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Only Singapore pushed through direct sanc- tions against Moscow. A handful of countries, including Indonesia, issued statements condemning the invasion, but without explicitly mentioning Russia. The difference of views rankles many inWash- ington, a city animated once more by the pursuit of great power rivalry. But few countries in Asia want to yoke their foreign policy that close to the United States. “An approach that invokes a clash between democracy and autocracy will only risk alienating governments that do not look at the world in such absolutist and simplistic binary categories and have no wish to be forced into them,” wrote Bilahari Kausikan, a former top Singapor- ean diplomat. “The Biden administration would be ill advised to pursue such ideo- logical projects much further in Southeast Asia.” Rasjid told me: “We want to work with China. We want to work with the United States. We want to work with Europe. We want to work with everyone. Don’t make us choose.” Analysts advise a more clear-eyed pragmatism on the part of the Biden administration, which has largely muted its concerns about democracy and human rights in some ASEAN countries domi- nated by single-party regimes. “The ASEAN approach is not a mat- ter of colonialism or historical hostility or sentimentality, it’s a classic balance of power game,” Renato Cruz de Castro, an academic at De La Salle University in Manila, told Politico. “China’s economic presence is growing, but ASEAN countries are generally suspicious of China.” -TheWashington Post - Continued From Page 3