Aneri Pattani is one girl in Cheshire who makes education interesting and fun.
She has helped elementary school students in science clubs and tutors first graders for four hours a week in reading.
She said she’s seen as kind of nerdy, but that didn’t stop her from loving to help students gain better study habits.
“It’s best to have patience in volunteering,” she said.
Besides volunteering, Aneri has also joined clubs throughout her years at Cheshire High School. She worked on the school newspaper, played volleyball and tutored classmates. She also took part in Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research and awareness.
At age five, Aneri joined an Indian dancing club in New Haven. She plans on dancing in college.
She is headed in August to Northeastern University in Boston, where she plans to major in journalism. She dreams of working for The New York Times.
She is anxious to start a career in journalism.
“You get to constantly know new things, travel to new places and meet new people, so you never get bored,” she said.
She lives with her mother, Chetna Pattani, who works for the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and her father, Deepak Pattani, who owns a liquor store. She also has a brother, Alok.
M’lik Mims is a sophomore at Achievement First Amistad High School, New Haven.