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News - February 1, 2013

Math, music are passions for home-schooled Intel finalist

Palo Alto's Sahana Vasudevan attended public school until schedule snafu prevented it

by Chris Kenrick

The world is a classroom for 15-year-old Palo Alto resident Sahana Vasudevan.

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Posted by Charlie, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

She sounds like a delightful young lady, as well as being brillant. Best of luck to her at the Intel competition.

Posted by Nice story, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

Another positive story about a hard-working, balanced, and talented young person. Wonderful! Thank you.

Posted by Reader, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Awesome to hear about this bright and inspirational young lady. Awesome also to hear how she found a unique path to customize her education through a variety of options available to her in our community.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

There is geometry in the humming of the strings ... there is music in the spacing of the spheres -- Pythagoras

Posted by Sylvia, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Wow, what a brilliant youngster! I truly hope she wins the competition.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Congratulations to Sahana! She sounds like a bright, balanced young lady, I'm sure she will go far! Good luck in the competition and enjoy!!

I wish we had more flexibility in our schools to allow students like this to blossom without leaving school or forcing them to take classes they will never need or use just to fulfill requirements... My son would love to skip the Voc Ed, Visual/Performing Art, Living Skills and PE requirements to take more math and science (he would also like to skip English, but he will need the writing skills).

Posted by Kasi's Coworker, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

Your uncle is very proud of you. He has told us all about you at the office. Sahana, you sound like a very bright, yet humble person. Keep it that way. Good luck in Washington DC! We are all "rooting for you"!