Kunal Ranjan honored with President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award

NEWS RELEASE: Heather Higdon, Director of Communications

INDIAN HILL, OH (November 15, 2020) –From mentoring younger students in robotics to developing and hosting free online science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) summer camps, Indian Hill High School (IHHS) student Kunal Ranjan put his love of learning to work to help others. 

Indian Hill High School student Kunal Ranjan earned the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award.(Provided)

“I believe one of the best ways to give back to the community is to volunteer in an area one has a passion for,” explained Ranjan. “For me, it is STEM and robotics.”

Ranjan’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. The IHHS student was recently awarded the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award; he was nominated by iSPACE, a nonprofit organization where he volunteered as part of summer camp to help younger students in robotics. He also mentored kids in robotics at Saturday Hoops, another nonprofit organization.

“Over the last year, I have volunteered in different places to mentor and encourage students in STEM-related activities,” said Ranjan. “I got started by helping at our own Indian Hill Middle school robotics club during its debut year.”

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Jeff Damadeo, Principal, Indian Hill High School (Provided)

“Students helping students learn – there isn’t anything better!” said Indian Hill High School Principal Jeff Damadeo. “We are incredibly proud of Kunal for using his STEM passion as a way to be of service to others. This was a much-deserved accolade, and we look forward to seeing what Kunal will do with STEM in his future.”

“The majority of the professions in the future will require a deep understanding of STEM,” said Ranjan. “I hope that my passion for spreading awareness in this area will be a small step in helping us to be ready for the future. It has been a very fulfilling experience to be able to help out. I want to thank our school for instilling a service mindset in all of us.”

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