Alekhya Manchikalapudi

John Champe High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

Softball, dance, art, swimming, RESET volunteering at Arcola Elementary, Model UN, LGLLS softball umpiring, and photography.

If you played Major League Baseball, what would be your walk-out song?

Centuries by Fall Out Boy

What has been your proudest moment?

Leading the John Champe Odyssey of the Mind team to 3rd place in the regionals competition. 

What would the title of your autobiography be?

My Roller Coaster Ride 

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

I want to get involved in in politics and help educate my generation about voting to strengthen the nation's democracy.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

It means voluntarily being an active member of the community to improve the quality of life for all. 

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

Virginia is a historically significant area as it contains Jamestown, the first colony in America. Virginia is the heart of America, nearly everything about the nation leads back to the state which makes it very special. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

I would like to see voter participation rates in Virginia skyrocket and for the state to be a model for other states to follow.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?

I've always been interested in politics and hope that by being a part of the Inspire VA program, I can make a significant impact in my community.