Indian American High School Girl Nominated as 2018 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Indian American High School Girl Nominated as 2018 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts

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WASHINGTON DC (TIP): Indian American
 Shreyah Mohanselvan of Gahanna, Ohio, has been nominated in the Dance 
discipline amongst the nine artistic disciplines, chosen by YoungArts, 
the sole nominating agency for 2018 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Shreyah Mohanselvan, who has lived in 
New Albany her entire life, is a senior at Columbus Academy, where she 
has been a student since kindergarten. She has been involved with 
student government since middle school, was president of her class both 
her sophomore and junior years, and is focused on communication, spirit 
and community, and efficiency and organization in 2017 as student 
council president.

In addition to student government, 
Mohanselvan plays the violin in the Columbus Academy Advanced Orchestra,
 serves as a student orientation leader for new students transitioning 
into the school and is an editor of the yearbook, a group she has been a
 part of since her freshman year.

All of this adds up to Mohanselvan being
 an exceptional high school student – one that her school community at 
Columbus Academy and her home community of New Albany can be immensely 
proud of. But Mohanselvan is actually best known for something else.

Her dancing.

“Dance has always been my passion,” she 
says. “I started learning ballet when I was 4 years old at the New 
Albany Ballet Company. Shortly thereafter, I started learning the Indian
 classical dance form of Bharatanatyam.”

Bharatanatyam and Odissi, a second form 
of classical Indian dancing that Mohanselvan performs, are, as she 
explains, ancient art forms that were originally performed in temples. 
The dance depicts Hindu stories and are dedicated to gods and goddesses.

“The two dance forms have differences 
and similarities, and sometimes it is difficult to force the body to be 
true to both of these two conflicting dance forms,” she says.

Mohanselvan isn’t simply a dancer, 
though; she’s an award-winning dancer. She has won first place in the 
Federation of Indian Associations of Central Ohio’s Indian solo dance 
competition for three consecutive years. Additionally, Mohanselvan has 
three first place and two second place finishes since 2013 in the 
Vindhya Cultural Association in Columbus, a competition that attracts 
talent from all across the state. In 2017, she was presented with a 
National Young Arts Winner Honorable Mention Award in Indian/classical 

Mohanselvan’s talent for dance has taken
 her to perform at venues all across the state, including many times at 
the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, a place she says, 
“always feels like home.”

And now she is nominated as 2018 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts

About 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and the YoungArts

 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts

 is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who 
exemplify academic and artistic excellence. YoungArts is the sole 
nominating agency for this high honor and the 60 candidates, 
representing 25 states and nine artistic disciplines, are all YoungArts 
winners. These students have been nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for their artistic achievements.

The candidate applications will be 
reviewed by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which 
will ultimately select 20 high school seniors to be recognized as U.S. 
Presidential Scholars in the Arts for their academic and artistic 
accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service and outreach
 initiatives, and overall creativity. In June, the 20 arts scholars will
 join the other 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars from across the country 
in Washington, D.C. for the National Recognition Program. During the program, all scholars receive a Presidential Medallion presented on behalf of the President of the United States and participate in several recognition activities while in Washington, D.C.


“The National YoungArts Foundation is 
proud to partner with the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to 
acknowledge our nation’s most talented graduating high school seniors,” 
said Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts President and CEO. “These young 
leaders excel in everything that they do, from their artistry and 
inquisitiveness, to their academics and activism. YoungArts 
congratulates each of the nominees on their accomplishments, and we look
 forward to announcing the selected arts scholars this spring.”


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