OTTUMWA— Ottumwa High School junior, Hasya Joshi, received great news today. He is one of four students who will represent Iowa at this summer’s 2019 Youth Leadership Summit in San Francisco as part of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships and GEAR UP’s Annual Conference. GEAR UP will pay all expenses.
According to OHS GEAR UP coordinator, Barb Hanson, each of the 12 Iowa coordinators could nominate two students for this opportunity who exhibited strong leadership skills. Finalists had to submit an application and participate in an interview. “Hasya is always one of the first students to sign up to participate in opportunities,” said Hanson. “He has taken advantage of every opportunity. I couldn’t think of a better person to represent our school or state.”
Joshi’s serves as a leader in several OHS organizations, including drum major, vice president of Science Club, co-leader of GEAR UP Ambassadors, and treasurer of Torch Club. “I think of myself as a leader in the classroom as well as a leader in the school through my different positions,” Joshi said.
His main motivation is his parents, both immigrants who came to the United States from India and Nepal. “Seeing the hardships they went through, I have a clear opportunity to make the best of my life,” he said. He currently has a 4.0 GPA, plans to major in engineering, and attend a good college. His list includes MIT, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Berkeley, and Iowa State. He has taken more than 10 college courses to date and is currently taking five AP courses.
“I am very proud of Hasya and excited knowing he will bring back what he learns to continue to be a leader at Ottumwa High School,” said Hanson.