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Five Questions for Science Hill SGA President

Brandon Paykamian • Sep 1, 2019 at 5:16 PM

Saanvi Goenka, 16, first showed an interest in student government as a seventh-grader at Liberty Bell Middle School. Now a senior in high school, she serves as president of the Science Hill High School Student Government Association. 

On Friday, she told the Johnson City Press more about herself, her thoughts on public education and her future goals. 

Fast Facts: 

Hobbies: “Competitive swimming, painting and binge-watching ‘Psych.’”

Favorite musicians: J Cole, BROCKHAMPTON and Khalid

Favorite books: “Ender’s Game,” “All the Light We Cannot See” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Favorite historical figure: Queen Elizabeth I

Favorite politician: “None at the moment.” 

How did you get into SGA? 

I joined SGA in the seventh grade, and I have been a part of the club every year since. I originally got involved because I wanted to be a voice in the school’s central planning and improvement. SGA is really amazing because I have the opportunity to represent not just myself but the entire student body.

Do you have future political goals? 

I am mainly interested in the medical field, so as of now, I do not plan on pursuing any careers in politics. I am incredibly excited to join my college’s SGA, though.

What do you hope to do after college? 

After college, I want to work toward a specialized career in dentistry or cardiology. I then hope to travel to every continent in the world with my family and friends.

Which staff members/teachers have inspired you most at SHHS?

Ms. Angela Taylor, my previous AP English teacher, is one of the first names that comes to mind. Aside from her remarkable help in improving my writing skills, Ms.Taylor had encouraged me to run for my position as president. In SGA, she continues to motivate me to work harder and smarter toward improving the school as a whole. Mr. Guy Mauldin, my AP calculus teacher, is also such an inspiration. His methodical teaching guides all students to think and learn for themselves. He really teaches us to be independent in all aspects outside of the classroom, too.

What do you think are the biggest challenges for students today? 

One of the biggest challenges for students my age in public schools is peer pressure. Peer pressure tends to manifest itself in hidden ways and can deal with problems as innocent as skipping class to those such as drug use. Science Hill is working on addressing this issue by educating students about the consequences of succumbing to these negative influences. Another major challenge for high schoolers is balancing an academic and social life, and the solution to this problem usually comes with experience throughout the four years.

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