High School Junior Lithra Sankari selected for NJ Governor’s STEM Scholars Program

Lithra Sankari. PHOTO: govstemscholars.com

Lithra Sankari, a junior at Parsippany High School in Parsippany, N, is among the few students recently selected from nearly a thousand applicants, for the 2023-2024 Governor’s STEM Scholars Program.

According to her father, Mohan Krishnaraj, barely 14 percent of the total applicants are finally selected in this vigorously competitive program.

The biography provided by the program at govstemscholars.com, notes Lithra has completed research projects on substance abuse in young adults and climate change media policies within the government.

In addition, Lithra is President of her school’s Academic Decathlon Team and Vice President of the French Club.

She is also an annual HOSA participant/representative of her high school. HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies.

Currently, Lithra is independently engineering a prototype as an impact project and working on her Girl Scout Gold Award.

She has received recognition as a 2nd Place American Math Competition Recipient, NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award Recipient, and a recipient of two Gold President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the govstemscholars.com site says.

Outside of STEM, Lithra enjoys volunteering within her local community, tutoring her peers, and making cards for pediatric cancer patients across the U.S. In the future, she hopes to participate in cell biology research and become a doctor to advance medicine through sustainable approaches.

Lithra is the daughter of Mohan and Bhuvaneswari Kolur Rajabauther, and is an 11th Grade student.



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