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Young Sikh Nominated For Congressional Youth Leadership Council
Alpharetta, GA – September 2007
Angad Singh - 8th grade student at Northwestern Middle School
As he was cherishing the state level recognition in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) for outstanding performers at seventh grade level and a rare opportunity to participate in International Relations program at the Ivy League institute, Angad Singh got another pleasant surprise. He was nominated by his school to represent Georgia at the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC).
The NYLSC who board of advisors include several US Senators and House Representatives, brings exceptional middle to high school age students across the Nation to an interactive leadership program. Past distinguished speakers of the conferences include White House Counsel to the President, Attorney Generals and several Secretaries of the US departments.
The NYLSC nominations require outstanding scholastic achievements and demonstrated leadership potential. Angad’s Math Teacher at Northwestern Middle School, Mr. Brian Jackson who nominated Angad said “Of all the 7th grade students I have known over the years, Angad is one of the most mature, thoughtful, and intelligent young people I have had the experience to know. I believe that we have the responsibility to give all kids an opportunity to be leaders, but also the ones who are leaders need to continue to work on and improve their own skills, so that they may be even better leaders.”
Angad’s experience in the International Relations program at Duke University has already given acknowledgement to his leadership potential and given him a direction for his future. World Conflict Resolution is close to his heart. From the Program, he wanted to learn about effective steps that can be taken at an early stage in the direction of harmonious, progressive and sustainable world relations and he did come back with a direction. Angad is extremely interested in raising the education level worldwide. He believes that education at grass roots is the key to solving most problems in the world, whether it is global warming, hunger, local or international conflicts. He wants to develop effective programs in this area in consort with average everyday people and communities.
Angad Singh has been serving on National Junior Beta club since 6th grade reaching out to the underprivileged in the local community and has been a champion in the school’s Environmental Awareness Club since. Angad has played on Milton High School Basketball Feeder team for the last two years. He also enjoys playing saxophone in his school honors band. Angad is also a young musician, singer, speaker and volunteer in the local and international Sikh Community. Angad is pursuing Punjabi and French as secondary languages. Angad has been a young humanitarian activist with UNITED SIKHS a non-profit relief organization since his 5th grade when he helped his volunteer parent in supporting the Tsunami Relief and other projects by helping writing press releases and addressing his school about the relief efforts.
“Angad if a fine young gentleman, an accomplished student and an athlete but what impresses one the most is his ultimate humility, his compassion and respect for others. He is always ready to listen and extend his hand for help” commented his neighbor Mrs. Stanley.
Inspired to resolve conflicts in today’s world, Angad recently directed and produced his first film ‘One Light’ which celebrates oneness of humanity, drawing similarities between people and aims to transform, connect and inspire everyone to make a baby step in the direction of a friendlier world.
One Light is a short documentary that is currently being featured at the Second Annual Online Sikhnet film festival.
Like most teenagers Angad has no idea what career he will pursue when he grows up. “What ever I end up doing, it sure will be in the direction to making this world a better place for all the creation”, he says.
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