Simran Rathod, a leader in and out of North Penn


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Rathod at a PASC summer leadership camp at University of Pittsburgh Johnstown.

TOWAMENCIN- The vice president of SGA, Simran Rathod, is certainly making the most of her time at North Penn. Other than her heavy involvement in SGA (Student Government Association), this senior is making her mark in many other organizations inside and outside of school.

When Rathod first started student council in 5th grade, she had no idea how much her interest would grow.

“When I was in elementary school, [student council] was just something fun to do because all my friends were doing it… then I went [to a PASC meeting], and that really started it because the whole purpose of that is to motivate people to be leaders..and just motivate you to want to do things in your school and stay involved, so that kinda sparked the start for me,” she reflected.

Throughout the years, Rathod became especially involved in PASC, which is the state-wide organization of student council. She is currently an ambassador of the organization and works on alumni projects. Her interest in leadership is what motivated her to run for vice president.

“I’ve been involved with the student government…I was corresponding secretary junior year, so for me senior year I wanted to be more involved because I know vice presidents have a larger role than secretary. As vice president my main duty is being the president of ICC (Inter Club Council) and make sure that every club has a fair chance to represent themselves and keep the school a united place,” she explained.

In addition to SGA, Rathod is also the secretary of the ICA (Indian Cultural Association).

“I was the event charter my junior year and now I’m the secretary. We just like to preserve our culture in the school because there’s a lot of diversity and there’s a lot of different cultural clubs. So we hold a couple events during the year like Garba, Republic night, we have picnics and things like that for everyone to kind of bond and just spend time together and it’s just nice to know that there’s somewhere we can kind of represent our culture.”

Inside of school, Rathod is also a head charter of MiniThon and a member of NHS, S.A.L.S.A. club, and Link Crew. As if that was not enough, outside of school she enjoys working at the Little Pod, and she is the vice president of her temple’s youth group.

While all of these activities require a lot of time and dedication, Rathod exceeds all the expectations and keeps her time managed.

“I know what my responsibilities are and I’m that kinda person where if I’m doing something I like, I’ll make the time for it. When it comes to classes and student council I know what my priorities are. I just know that I have to concentrate,” she explained.

Throughout her senior year, Rathod plans to continue to work hard in all of her classes and extracurriculars, and later she plans to major in Business Psychology and keep her strong work ethic throughout college.