Anusha Ponduri will graduate from Detroit Country Day High School. She spent four years as a member of her school's varsity debate team, where she was eventually named captain. She was also a member of the award-winning newspaper, the Day Times, and served as Staff Coordinator. Anusha was also a member of her school's varsity tennis team, which finished third in the state her junior year. She also actively tutored peers throughout high school and was a member of her school's executive tutor board. Outside of school, Anusha participated in science research and won 2nd place in the state science fair her junior year. She also volunteered at a local nursing home, where she organized activities for senior citizens.
Anusha will attend Columbia University, where she has been named a Science Scholar. She hopes to pursue a degree in Economics and Neuroscience.