Kalpana, 18: Instructor Parvathy Ramachandran
In 2009, Kalpana of Collegeville, Pa., completed the Kumon Math Program (Level 0 Calculus), and then succeeded in finishing all five elective X levels (college level courses).
When her parents enrolled her in Kumon in 2002 they were looking for a math enrichment program that would challenge Kalpana’s math knowledge. As a Kumon student, Kalpana enjoyed studying material ahead of her grade level and found that Kumon made school, especially math, less stressful. Kalpana believes that Kumon improved her ability to focus as well as her confidence in math.
“I enjoyed staying ahead in math throughout my academic career and being able to help my peers,” said Kalpana. “The greatest part of Kumon was that it helped me to self-study pre-calculus.”
At school, Kalpana was ranked one of the top 150 students in the United States National Chemistry Olympiad, earned AP Scholar with distinction, received the Academic Excellence Award from her high school, and is a National Merit Scholar.
After school, Kalpana practices Tae Kwon Do as a black belt, works as an assistant at Kumon, dances and choreographs Bollywood numbers for her community dance group, writes programs as a member of the American Computer Science League, educates the community about the value of organ donation through her school’s Save-A-Life Club, reads and creates digital art.
Kalpana’s achievements and interests gained her admission to prestigious colleges and universities around the country, but she chose to attend the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. Caltech is internationally renowned for its achievements in science and engineering. She plans to major in computer science or chemical engineering.