A varsity tennis player on track to be valedictorian of the Class of 2016, Kalia met the former senator and Nobel Prize nominee. The symposium enabled top juniors from around the state to hear a keynote address from Lugar on world events and to join in expert-led group discussions on pressing public issues.
Kalia, daughter of Vipin and Sangeeta Kalia, was among hundreds of Indiana students who attended last year’s symposium and was invited to apply for the leadership award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize. She is a member of National Honor Society, president of Franklin Central’s World Cultures Club and coach and programmer for the school’s Auto Flashes VEX Robotics Club.
Kalia has distinguished herself as a community volunteer. Among other efforts, she has served since 2011 with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ apprentice program, through which she has led educational activities for families and children, assisted in neighborhood cleanups and made presentations on science issues.