Central Coast Region
Chapter 749 – Mission San Jose High School
Adviser Katherine Geers
Nishi Bhagat is a student at Mission San Jose High School. She is a student representative on the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education, and on the FUSD Local Control and Accountability Advisory Committee. Nishi is the co-founder and president of MSJ Foundation for the International Medical Relief for Children, and the founder of the Special Education Music Program. She is the president of MSJ Pen in a Box, and a writer and copy editor for the school newspaper, The Smoke Signal. Nishi participates in the Tri-City Band Corps, Girls Who Code, the Perry Initiative Program, and The PublisHER. She has volunteered at the Palo Alto Veterans Affair Medical Center. Nishi has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, Bronze and Gold. She is employed as a private tutor, and has been an account executive for The Daily Californian.
Katherine Geers, MSJHS CSF Adviser, describes Nishi as extremely bright, talented, and a dedicated student who has been an active member of CSF. Ms. Geers explains, “Nishi’s strong work ethic can also be seen in her extra-curricular involvement.”
Andrea Angelo Corona, the Local Sales Manager for The Daily Californian, writes about Nishi, “She is a charismatic individual…exhibits the qualities of a leader. She is an intelligent, well-rounded and grounded individual who overcomes challenges and is eager for new opportunities and experiences. She has the qualities to succeed in any endeavor and always maintains a positive attitude. I admire her for her intelligence, sincerity, and honesty, and as a self-motivated learner.”
Nishi opens her personal statement with “I am beyond grateful for my community and the time I have spent giving back. Not only has my service taught me more about the world at large, but it has taught me more about myself, the values that define me, and who I want to become as I take on the world.” Nishi goes on to describe her involvement in the music community, creating a program for special education students, and her work furthering her passion for science and technology empowering females. She concludes by saying, “Through the ups and the downs, my community pushes me to be a better me, and I will be forever thankful for that.”
Nishi hopes to attend either UC Berkeley or UCLA to study cognitive science and computer science.