Kushagra, 12: Instructor Nicole Prihoda
Kushagra is a Hindi name that means “brilliant or sharp mind.” In 12-year-old Kushagra’s case, the name is a perfect match. After completing the Kumon Reading Program in less than three years and scoring a 27 on the ACT exam, Kushagra has proved himself worthy of such a name.
“Kush wanted the challenge of Kumon,” said his mother, Shiva. “He said ‘I want to be the best,’ so we enrolled him in the program.”
Kushagra attends the Kumon Center in Algonquin, Illinois, with instructor Nicole Prihoda and will soon start level M in the math program. He has also excelled in the reading program despite a strong resistance to enrolling.
“He needed a little extra help in reading, so we enrolled him. He worked through it, and now his writing skills have grown by leaps and bounds,” his mother commented.
In addition to his achievements in Kumon, Kushagra is a percussionist in his school’s symphonic band and attended the “Life in Motion: Seen and Unseen” engineering and science camp. The nationally renowned camp is held during the summer for two weeks at Northern Illinois University.
Kushagra’s goal is to complete the math program and become an engineer like his father.