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South Forsyth senior receives national essay honor

SOUTH FORSYTH — A South Forsyth High School senior was recently recognized for an academic paper she wrote for the National Society of High School Scholars.

Aisvarya Panakam’s paper titled, “The Evolution of a Nation: What is the relationship between the women’s rights movement and the reduction in total fertility for the state of Andhra Pradesh in the Republic of India?” was chosen from more than 2,900 entries submitted for an International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class.

Each year, the society honors the top 25 applicants who submit academic papers from class assignments in high school.

Winning papers are selected by a committee of scholars and educators based on how well the student addresses a particular assignment while presenting the material in a clear, fresh and thoughtful way in the student’s own voice, according to Maggie Gustavus, media relations and world language department chair at South.

“I wrote this paper because issues regarding public health in developing nations are pivotal to the establishment of prosperous economics and egalitarian societies,” Panakam said.

“I am honored to have my essay selected in this competition and am grateful to have the support of my teachers at South Forsyth High School and the National Society of High School Scholars.”