SED-Journey From Mud to Gold
This isn't a narrative about how to convert mud to pot of gold. This is an account of a SED student who designed a special mud-based water filtering device that beats your commercial water filter to win gold!
Flanked by Dad and Mom, a high school girl walked into SED two years ago. Two minutes into the conversation, I could palpate her sincere intrigue about the workings of human body fighting diseases through baffling and enduring conditions. What I could also sense was the amount of arduous support and energy that her parents were actively providing in nurturing her goals.
Meet Meghana Nadella, now a high school junior at Allen ISD, and a Pediatrician in making. Journey to Medical School isn’t an easy one. Perfect scores aren’t good enough. It all boils down to how you differentiate yourself from your peers. And that’s exactly what Meghana has done; she built a resume that strongly aligns with the needs of Medical Schools. Furthermore, she exhibits a discernable passion, an enviable understanding of fundamental research and a matching lingo to go with.
Last year she won half a dozen awards in National and international podiums. This year she published a paper in AAAS. She was invited to present her work at TJSHS, and last week she was awarded Gold Medal at iSWEEP (International Sustainable World Project Olympiad) for her work at SED. Meghana demonstrated that a type of clay called Magnesium Bentonite, has a strong antibacterial activity. Using a variety of molecular biology techniques, she discovered the mechanism underlying the antibacterial activity. She then targeted the mechanism using nanoparticles to build water filtration system delivering potable water straight from ponds or lakes in a manner that is more cost effective and efficient than the currently available devices! Let me remind you that the journey wasn’t easy. Meghana put in countless sleepless nights, persistently toiling hard, and holding her head high through her shares of tears, failures and frustrations. Failure is success if we learn from it. And Meghana did. Winston Churchill put this in right perspective when he said ‘Success consist of going failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’. Let’s all take a moment to congratulate Meghana for what she achieved. But kudos is due to Meghana’s exemplary parents who made this happen! Oh! I almost forgot the best part! She has been selected from Nationwide pool to do an internship at one of the most coveted place for medical research-the National Institute of Health!! I hope this would serve as an inspirational piece for students and parents alike.