Sanika Datar, a freshman at Inglemoor High School, has seen her work recognized through some elite appointments (both state and national), including the recent Presidential Daily Point Of Light.
About Daily Point Of Light: In 1989, the late President George HW Bush established the Daily Point of Light award during his presidency to celebrate the power of extraordinary individuals to bring about change and make the world a better place. donate their time and talent to improve their communities.
Sanika was recognized for her service initiatives and community engagement efforts with Space For Youth, her non-profit organization. She was recognized both as a National Point Of Light winner and for the Inspiration Honor Roll presented at the 2021 DC Presidential Gala.
She is a prominent youth advocate and works with our City Council Planning Committee to promote safer bike lane standards as part of their 2022 Active Transportation Plan update. She is the Sustainability Ambassador for Kirkland and works with a team of peer ambassadors, local change agents and municipal officials to educate and promote solar potential in our neighborhoods. Her Vitalize-Earth-Day initiative to celebrate Earth Day with hands-on activities involving young children received a proclamation from the Mayor of Kirkland and she was nominated as the 2020 WA State Honoree by the Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards.
During the summer of 2021, Sanika successfully hosted its first Kirkland Children’s Business Fair event to promote entrepreneurship among young children. This event was a great success and attracted the participation of over 70 children from all over, including Oregon.
Through various initiatives in the key areas of environmentalism, entrepreneurship, empathy and equity, she aspires to strengthen the mindset of young people and promote those core universal values that are not not sufficiently promoted in the traditional school system.
Besides being kinship with the community, she has a strong affinity for science and plans to explore one of the sciences during her academic career in the future. She is the recipient of the 2021 Angela STEM National Award. This award honors a student across the country who is in grades 5-8 who has demonstrated excellent involvement and / or has a strong connection to science; evidence of sustained achievement or progress / interest in science; proof that the student’s interest in science has had an impact on others. The aim of the award is to encourage girls to consider careers in STEM.