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Four Indian American teens win Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Prize honors young leaders making a significant positive difference in people’s lives, their communities, and the environment

Four Indian American teens have received the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, a national award recognizing inspiring, public-spirited young people. Two others received honorary awards.

Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize is a nonprofit organization annually honoring 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference in people’s lives, their communities, and the environment.

Read: Two Indian Americans among Children’s Climate Prize 2022 finalists (September 20, 2022)

Every year, 15 top winners are each awarded $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

Four Indian American winners are: Karina Samuel, 17, Florida; Karun Kaushik, 17, California; Laalitya Acharya, 18, Ohio; and Sri Nihal Tammana, 13, New Jersey. Arsh Pal, 12, Iowa, and Reshma Kosaraju, 16, California, received honorary awards.

This year’s Barron Prize winners include those who are helping the homeless; promoting STEM education; protecting wildlife; inventing devices to benefit world health; and raising awareness and funds for important environmental issues, according to a media release.

Karina Samuel founded the Florida chapter of Bye Bye Plastic Bags, an international student-led nonprofit committed to reducing the amount of plastic on the planet.

Read: Five Indian American teenagers win 2016 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (October 21, 2016)

Karun Kaushik created X-Check-MD, Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that can diagnose Covid-19 and pneumonia with 99% accuracy in under one minute.

Laalitya Acharya invented Nereid, a low-cost, globally applicable device that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect water contamination within seconds.

Sri Nihal Tammana created Recycle My Battery, a nonprofit that installs free battery recycling bins and educates young people and adults about battery recycling.

Arsh Pal created Art by Arsh to share his love of painting and raise money for charities through sales of his artwork. He has raised more than $15,000 for organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Reshma Kosaraju invented a way to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict forest fires with nearly 90% accuracy. Her AI model can determine when and where forest fires are likely to occur.

Read: Super Kids: 4 Indian American Teens Among Winners of Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (September 26, 2022)

“These outstanding young people saw a need and came up with creative solutions to help others and make a real difference,” says founder T. A. Barron.

“By honoring and supporting these young heroes and their amazing work, we hope to inspire even more youth to pursue their big dreams of changing the world.”

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