Eashan Kumar, 17, was recently named a Munster Kiwanis Student of the Month for his academic achievements and community involvement.
The son of Eakta and Atul Kumar, the teen is a senior at Munster High School and has been a member of the track and field team since his sophomore year.
“I enjoy the support system throughout the team, whether through coaches or teammates, and also the individual and team aspect of the sport,” Kumar said.
Kumar is a member of the speech and debate team, and this year serves as president of student government.
“I head all of our weekly meetings and organize and coordinate our major events, like Homecoming, pep rallies, Riley’s Children Hospital Dance Marathon, Battle of Bands, blood drive, food drive and more,” Kumar said.
“I enjoy the philanthropic duties, whether it be fundraising or donating, to ultimately make a positive difference.”
“Also, it’s valuable to be the voice of our peers when student government is asked their opinion on key issues,” he added.
In addition, Kumar is involved in Spanish Club, Science Olympiad and the Best Buddies program.
He is awaiting acceptance letters from top universities, and plans to major in philosophy with a pre-med track.
“I would like to become a physician to ultimately travel the world providing medical relief,” he said.
“I’m not intentionally trying to follow the Indian stereotype, since nobody in my family is a doctor, but after attending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine my sophomore year, I gained great insight of the medical field,” Kumar added.
Kumar regularly volunteers at the Carmelite Home orphanage in East Chicago and recently began working the front desk and transporting patients at Community Hospital.
He is a member of HUM, a local, student-run Indian youth group, and choreographs dances for cultural nights and Diwali celebrations.