The Kannadigas beamed with pride when Prapti Jayananad Pakkala, Shashwik Divakar Shetty and Shraddha Deviprasad Shetty won the prestigious Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, gave away the awards to the winners at a scintillating ceremony on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Award honours individuals who value their commitment and have a proven record of outstanding success in their respective educational field. The award for distinguished academic performance has been designed to recognize academic achievements, talents, skills and leadership abilities across variety of disciplines.
Shashwik Divakar Shetty is the son of Mr and Mrs. Divakar Shetty .A budding multi- talented student, currently studying in Grade9 at The Indian High School Dubai, achieved remarkable milestone in public speaking, English Literature, Social work and in the field of cricket. He is an avid reader winning many accolades in spell bee and Quizzing. He was spotted reading when he was as young as 4 years. He is a Green Crusader, an artist and was Head Boy for middle school. This young lad has initiated the art of tissue drawing .He left no stone unturned to soar high in cricket. He was sponsored and sent to UK by Young Talents Cricket Association and there he won the “most promising player “award in 2012.
Prapti Jayanand Pakkala, daughter of Mrs Jayalaxmi Pakkala and Mr. Jayanand Pakkala currently a Grade 5 student at The Indian High school, Dubai is a promising student who has excelled in academic performance scoring 95% above in all her subjects along with multi-talented curricular and extra-curricular activities .The young girl is environment conscious and she is member of Green Hope and student council. Prapti is a great dancer and singer particularly excelling in classical dance. Prapti is a member of Smile Creations Dance Troupe and Rajarajeshwari Bhajana Mandali
Shraddha Shetty daughter of Mr. Deviprasad Shetty and MS. Neetha Shetty is currently studying in Grade 12 at Our Own English High School, Sharjah. Shraddha an all -rounder besides scoring 95% above in her academics for the past many years she is a multi-talented girl .Her talents and skills are Public speaking Throw ball, Discus throw and writing articles for Newspaper. As an Environmentalist Shraddha has led several campaigns which led the school winning the Green Flag award .Shraddha is the Head girl of her school, a brown belt Dan 2 in Karate and member of UAE Federation of Karate and Taekwondo. In 2012 she was also awarded the Margadarshan Award by Knowledge Resource Development and welfare group, IIT-Delhi.
The three rising Kannadiga stars were felicitated by Sri Sri Sri Dr Vidyavachaspati Vishwa Santhosh Bharathi on 25th April 2014 at the 40th World Bunts get- together held in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Mr. Sarvotham Shetty President of UAE Bunts association & Mr.Shankar Shetty, President, Bunts Sangha, Mumbai.