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Anandappa '17 Named 20 Under 20
January 12th, 2017
St. Pius X senior Megan Anandappa has been named a "20 Under 20" student by the Sandy Springs Reporter Newspaper. This is the second year the publication has chosen 20 students from the area under the age of 20 for their service and volunteer work.
Anandappa has served as a volunteer at St. Francis Table, a downtown soup kitchen, since the age of five. She began at first tagging along with her father, who has been volunteering there for over 25 years. Her service downtown also extends to the Central Night Shelter where she cooks and serves dinner during the winter months.
"I wanted to be like my dad at the beginning but now the people that work there have become like a second family to me and the best part is knowing that I am helping people," said Anandappa.
She serves as the President for Students for Life, helping to organize a diaper drive for Birthright for Atlanta, an organization that helps at-risk pregnant women. Anandappa has joined other Catholic school students in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC in her time at St. Pius X. She plays the flute in the St. Pius X band and has earned District Honors by the Georgia Music Educators Association and will audition for All-State Band this weekend.
St. Pius X Chaplain Father Michael Silloway said, "[Megan] is easily the most engaged, most present, strongest-charactered teenager I have ever met. She is non-stop in her energy and her care for others."
According to the Reporter Newspaper web site, public and private schools, service organizations and members of the general public were asked to nominate students who are younger than 20 and who have been active volunteers in their communities. The honorees have volunteered for thousands of hours in our local communities, traveled to foreign countries, created nonprofit organizations and mentored other students.