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Sumana Mahata

Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA

Bengali Bhajan by Sumana source:

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An original essay on "nonviolent means for conflict resolution"

List of honors and community service



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  • Jogindra KohliMay 11, 2013 at 1:21am

    Sumana, not only an excellent scholar, she sings beautifully in Bengali, Hindi and Sanskrit. I am very proud to see her being accepted at Cal-tech, one of the Top Technical Institution in the world. I wish her great success in her career and recommend her

  • saswati hazraMay 13, 2013 at 6:53am

    Great job Sumana. Wish you all the success in your career

  • Pranab MishraMay 13, 2013 at 11:47am

    Sumana, always enthusiastic about human values and a supporter of non-violence has participated multiple times in the cultural programs under my direction under the banner of SAIKAT (a Bengali Cultural Organization in San Diego). I highly recommend her.

  • Soma MishraMay 13, 2013 at 11:50am

    Sumana, a great achiever is a supporter of non-violence. She has participated multiple times in the cultural programs under my direction including Unity in Diversity under the banner of SAIKAT. I highly recommend her for this scholarship.

  • Nitish MahapatraMay 14, 2013 at 4:40am

    I have known Sumana for the past 15 years. She is an academically bright student, a gifted singer, and above all an excellent human being - a true follower of non-violence. I wish her all success in her career and life.

  • bhavani shankar sahuMay 14, 2013 at 8:18am

    All the best

  • Christine VuMay 14, 2013 at 11:27am

    Good Job Sumana! Best wishes to your future endeavors!!!

  • Kumud SinghMay 14, 2013 at 3:07pm

    Congratulations Sumana for admission to CalTech !!! This is big achievement. I highly recommend your application for MGM scholarship. You are truly a highly deserving candidate.

  • Bhavya SharmaMay 14, 2013 at 10:08pm

    Many Congratulations Sumana for CALTECH. We are proud of you. Best wishes for this prestigious scholarship!

  • Azad HossainMay 14, 2013 at 10:43pm

    Good luck and best wishes to your future endeavors at CALTECH.

  • ASHOK KOHLIMay 15, 2013 at 2:40am

    I wish her great success in her career and recommend for MGM scholarship.

  • Ankur BANERJEEMay 15, 2013 at 6:11am

    The essay is very well written and thought through. Sumana apart from her excellent academics and knowledge in Science is also a gifted writer. Her participation in community acitivities is also really commendable. Wishing her the best !

  • Amarnath GuptaMay 15, 2013 at 8:25am

    It has been a pleasure to watch how Sumana has matured into a wonderful singer who is deeply connected to her Indian roots. She is one of the most dedicated teenagers I have seen and this reflects in her academics and cultural pursuits. Congratulations!

  • Pranab DuttMay 15, 2013 at 8:46am

    It is our great pleasure to see Sumana grow from a child to a young adult with exceptional qualities of discipline, integrity and strongly oriented person as reflected by her achievements thus far. We wish her all the best in her future endeavor.

  • Abhijit ChatterjeeMay 15, 2013 at 1:12pm

    Congratulations to Sumana on her admission to Caltech and the multitude of achievements as a student and a socially aware young adult. Wishing her the very best in future endeavors.

  • Gautam BandyopadhyayMay 15, 2013 at 5:30pm

    In addition to her melodious and heart felt rendition of songs, Sumana's essay tells me that she got the right message from the lives of MK Gandhi and MLK Jr on the role of nonviolence in the progress of civic life.

  • MONALISA BANERJEEMay 15, 2013 at 7:22pm

    I have known Sumana as a very thoughtful person.This essay reflects the same too. Apart from her academic excellence she has pursued her interest in vocalmusic and community works which is really commendable and encouraging to other kids in the community.

  • Sweta SarkarMay 15, 2013 at 7:50pm

    Sumana - your brilliance, focus, determination and dedication is an inspiration for not just the youngsters but for me as well. I applaud your dedication not just to academics but also to art and literature. Kudos !!

  • Amrita ChatterjeeMay 15, 2013 at 10:10pm

    Sumana is sincere, hardworking. Self motivated, intelligent, thoughtful, determined- all the qualities in a good responsible citizen. Hence she will do well in whatever she chooses to do. Congrats and best wishes for your future pursuits.

  • Probir PaulMay 15, 2013 at 10:15pm

    Great job Sumana for your thoughtful essay . Wish you the best .

  • Nirmal SinghamapatraMay 15, 2013 at 11:51pm

    Congrats! Besides receiving the prestigious Intel Semifinalist Award and entering Caltech class of 2017 you have served the community in many different ways. Very thoughtful and analytical essay and I recommend you with my highest enthusiasm. Best wishes.

  • anasuya pyneMay 16, 2013 at 10:30am

    Sumana, tomake anek abhinandan janai. I know you since you were a little girl. I witnessed you every step of the way to become an extraordinary young woman who is not only telented intelligent & studious but also caring & generous. Great achievement dear.

  • Tess kimberMay 22, 2013 at 4:51am

    Sumana! Awesome job! Best wishes to you. I know your parents are VERY proud! I hosted the baby shower for you as you were coming into this world. You continue to make it a better place!

  • ASHISH DASMay 24, 2013 at 10:51pm

    Excellent work!

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