TALENTED teenager Aarthi Suresh made her mark when she was a student at a Hartlepool school.
And now she is hoping to do the same in the Pride of Hartlepool competition after being nominated for an award.
The 19-year-old has left English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College where she shone as a public speaker, a stage performer and in helping community causes.
But she impressed headteacher Michael Lee who nominated Aarthi, now studying dentistry at King’s College in London. Her achievements has included:
l Winning the John Bell Cup for her outstanding contribution to English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College;
l Achieving a grade 8 distinction in singing, playing piano at grade 7 and viola at grade 5;
l Singing at the Royal Albert Hall with the school choir. She is highly skilled in Indian classical dancing performing. Mr Lee added: “She delighted us with her leading roles in Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast”;
l Competing in regional and national public-speaking competitions;
l Gaining a gold crest award in the Engineering Education Scheme;
l She was involved in the annual visit of students to Darsilami Upper Basic School in The Gambia;
l And during holidays, she worked for a school for the blind and deaf in India.
Aarthi was just as outstanding in her studies. She got grade A successes in biology, chemistry and maths before moving on to King’s College.
Walsall-born Aarthi has lived in Hartlepool since she was two. She put her success down to excellent support from her family which consists of her father, Dr Narayam Suresh, 51, mother Hema Suresh, 49, who she described as “always supporting me in everything I did at school”, and elder sister Priyanka Suresh, 23, who is also a doctor.
Aarthi said: “To win an award would be amazing. I want to thank my family and Mr Lee for their support.”
Aarthi is another excellent entry in a strong line-up for this year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.
You have until early March to put forward your favourites. Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online form.