Local student earns spot in Senate program

NASHUA – Nashua High School South senior Sahith Kaki will get a taste of national politics in March, now that he’s been selected as one of only two New Hampshire students to represent the state as a delegate for the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.

During the endeavor, Kaki and other student delegates from each state will spend a week on the front lines of the national government. They will listen to major public policy discussions by senators, cabinet members, and other federal officials. In addition to this, student delegates also receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

Kaki said he was excited to find out he had received this honor.

“Politics have been a very big interest of mine because there were so many role models when I grew up. I got to see progress being made in our country,” Kaki said.

He said the person who inspires him the most is former President Barack Obama.

To be eligible to apply for this opportunity, each student is required to be serving in an approved leadership position at his or her school. This was not a problem for Kaki.

Kaki was a Senate member of Nashua High School South’s student government last year. He also serves as the vice president for New Hampshire’s Technology Student Association.

Community service is a major part of Kaki’s life as well. Some of his experience includes volunteering at Shishu Bharati School of Languages and Culture of India in Nashua for three years, volunteering with India-based VT Seva to raise funds for the Nepal earthquake, volunteering at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, and completing a 200-plus-hour service project for the Hindu Temple of New Hampshire through the Boy Scouts of America. Kaki said he has most likely completed more than 450 hours of community service in high school.

Kaki’s drive for volunteerism comes from his own personal experience.

“This country gave a lot to my parents, and gave them an opportunity to give me a good life. I always think that volunteering is a good way to give back,” Kaki said.

Giving back to the community is something Kaki hopes to implement into the future.

Kaki is interested in pursuing degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Economics.

“One of my goals is to serve in some sort of way,” Kaki said. His goal as of now is to serve his community by becoming a doctor.

New Hampshire delegates were ultimately chosen by the state Department of Education. Each high school principal could nominate one eligible student based on academic accomplishments, community service and demonstrated leadership. Department officials then reviewed the nominations and chose several finalists. These finalists were interviewed by a selection committee. Two primary delegates were selected, along with a first and second alternate, in the event that the delegates were unable to attend the program.

“Self-motivation and creativity often define Senate Youth delegates,” the department states on its website.

Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.