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Two Indian-American selected for National Students Poets Program at White House

Gopal Raman and Maya Eashwaran

Dallas, Sep 5 (UITV)- The White House has announced the names of five students selected for its prestigious National Students Poets Program and for the first time two Indian-American Maya Eashwaran and Gopal Raman made it to the list.

US First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the budding poets at the White House on September 8, an official announcement said.

Eashwaran, 17, who is from Alpharetta in Georgia, is representing Southeast region and Raman, who is from Dallas in Texas, representing Southwest region. The other three students selected are Stella Binion from Chicago, Joey Reisberg from Towson, Maryland, and Maya Salameh from San Diego in California.

A first generation Indian-American, Eashwaran writes about foreigners, often incorporating personal experiences dealing with assimilation in the modern age. For Raman, a senior at St Mark’s School of Texas, poetry distills images and emotions form that brings people together.

Since its inception in 2011, the National Students Poets Program has showcased the essential role of writing and the arts of academic and personal success for audiences across the country.

Each year, the five National Student Poets are chosen from a pool of outstanding writers, grades 9-11, who have received a national Scholastic Art and Writing Award for poetry.