Whiz Kid of the Week-Apurva Chakravorty

Apurva Chakravorty, 16

Schools: 10th-grader at Cupertino High School and Young Genius, Bay Area Speech and Debate Academy in Saratoga and Fremont.


·         Won 2nd place at Cal Invitational for Humorous Interpretation on February 16, 2014

·         A part of Young Genius, Bay Area Debate Academy

·         President of Cupertino High School Creative Writing Club

·         Member of the Cupertino High School Varsity Water Polo Team

·         Chair of the Organization Committee for the Cupertino Relay For Life run for cancer in July 2014

·         Member of Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

·         Participated in National Geographic Community Service trip to Costa Rica for 2 weeks in July 2012

·         Won 3rd place at a classical instrumental music competition in 2011

·         Learning Indian classical vocal music for the last 8 years

·         Taken Indian classical instrumental training

Key to Awesomeness:

With a desire to pursue oratory and public speaking, Apurva has participated and competed in Humorous Interpretation, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Duo Interpretation at various tournaments. She is part of her school’s Speech and Debate Club and has been with Young Genius since 2012. She has a keen spirit to persevere in things she likes to do and does not give up easily. In light of her recent win at Berkeley, Taisia Dubinina, the Young Genius Bay Area Debate Academy speech coach states, “When I first saw Apurva’s piece I was mesmerized by her spirit and voice. She has a genuine talent and I cannot wait to see what else her Speech and Debate career has instore for her.”

She is in the CHS Varsity Water Polo Team which she pursues as a passion.

She was a part of the global team for a National Geographic Community Service trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2013, where she helped build a school playground for a poor community and taught English to the local children.

She organized and hosted an Hour of Code session, a worldwide initiative to introduce children to coding for the Computer Science Education Week in December 2013, for a group of ten 8-year old girls.

She is also a member of the organizing committee for the Cupertino chapter of the Relay for Life run for cancer, which will be held in Cupertino High School on July 12, 2014.

Apurva has had voice training in Indian classical music from Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan for the last 8 years and is a soloist in the CHS Choir program. She also plays the harmonium and has won third place in the Satyadevi Music Competition for her solo performance. She loves to sketch and has recently developed an interest in oil painting. In her free time, she likes to sing popular western songs, read fiction, write, camp and swim.

Colleen Murphy February 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM
What a talented young lady. Kudos for all of her hard work and dedication to society.
sistersilverhair February 28, 2014 at 03:15 AM
"She has a keen spirit to persevere in things she likes to do and does not give up easily." How well I know! I had the pleasure of Apurva's cross country coach at Hyde Middle School. Distance running is not easy and I ran many laps with Apurva when she thought she couldn't do it. But she did! I am not one bit surprised at her great achievements already, two years into high school. She is an absolute delight and I wish her the best. Come see us, Apurva! - Coach Sheahan


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