Senior Spotlight ~ Netra Easwaran

Netra Easwaran

What are some of your proudest accomplishments during your time at Greeley?
I am grateful to have been involved in the Greeley community by holding various leadership positions. I served as Captain and Director of Tournaments for the Speech & Debate Team, Co-President of the Chappaqua School Foundation’s Student Advisory Council, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Greeley Voice, and a Peer Leader. I have also helped amplify student voice in the District as a student panelist on Greeley teacher hiring committees and a student presenter on the TruthSquad. In addition to extracurriculars, I have strived to perform well academically and I am a Class of 2023 Valedictorian with summa cum laude honors. 

I am similarly proud of my accomplishments outside the classroom. I have gained several professional experiences in my intended career field through interning with United States Senator Chuck Schumer and NYS Senator Peter Harckham, serving on Congressman Mondaire Jones’ Youth Advisory Council, and completing a Summer Fellowship under Westchester County Executive George Latimer. An achievement I am most proud of is receiving the New York State Senate Youth Leadership Award

I have given back to the community as a member of the White Plains Community Youth Court, a juvenile diversion program that processes misdemeanor cases from the Westchester County Department of Probation, and as Head of Tutoring Services for Youth4Better, a teen-led nonprofit organization. I was awarded the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2021 and 2022 for my service. 

As a passionate Indian classical dancer, I am proud to hold an 8-year Diploma with Distinction from the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, to have been named a 2022 National YoungArts Merit Winner, and to have performed at the United Nations Headquarters for International Yoga Day. 

What are your plans for next year?
I will attend Yale University this fall and plan to double major in Global Affairs and Political Science on a pre-law track. 

Share a favorite memory from your time in the District. 
I most fondly recall helping organize the PTA’s Holi event in 2022. As an Indian American, it was incredibly validating and heartwarming to see the larger Chappaqua community gather to celebrate this occasion. The opportunity to share my heritage with a larger audience while engaging in a joyous afternoon bursting with food, colors, music, and laughter was a powerful experience that I will remember dearly. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope to have graduated with a joint Masters of Public Policy degree in Global Affairs through Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs and a J.D. degree in law through Yale Law School. I also hope for a career as a Political Affairs Officer working for the United Nations and then as a Diplomat for the US Department of State. 

What's a fun fact about yourself that you'd like to share?
I am a polyglot and can speak five languages--English, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali! I have also attended ten different schools between India, Singapore, and the United States. 

Congratulations to Netra and the Class of 2023!