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by Savannah Weeks
February 20, 2013 12:45 PM | 7514 views | 6 6 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Westminster Schools senior Kunal Kamath has led students throughout high school with his interest in music and conquering social mores.

Kamath, son of Sucheta and Anantha Kamath, of Buckhead, is the leader of the men’s a capella group at the school, which is completely student-run. Kamath arranges the music for the group and teaches the different parts to the group.

“That’s something that I look forward to doing in college,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s deeply rooted in tradition, but it has a fun element. It’s bonding like nothing else I know.”

In addition to singing with the a capella group and in the Westminster Ensemble, the senior, who also plays the piano and acoustic guitar, has been heavily involved in theater since he was in sixth grade, performing two to three shows a year throughout high school. In his last show, he will play the part of Frederick in “Noises Off.”

Kamath attributes his public speaking skills and ability to maintain poise under pressure to acting.

The senior has been passionate about preventing bullying and creating a safe space for students throughout his years at the prep school. He is a leader of Spectrum, a club that deals with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and harassment prevention, and involved with Athlete Ally — an organization that aims to stop the homophobia often associated with sports.

Hudson Taylor, the wrestling coach at Columbia University who founded Athlete Ally, will come speak at Westminster during an assembly April 12, after Kamath reached out to him.

In addition, Kamath and other members of Guise, at Westminster, meet weekly to promote healthy male gender issues. They speak to the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade boys to tackle stereotypes, as well.

“It’s [the name] supposed to represent the negative guise that that males have to be tough or manly,” he said.

In terms of academics, the student is passionate about math and how one can use math to study the brain. Kamath’s mother is a social cognitive rehabilitation specialist and works with patients who have brain injuries or other cognitive diseases, such as Asperger’s syndrome, to help facilitate their social cognition.

Over the years, Kamath has regularly socialized with some of his mother’s patients to help facilitate their social awareness. This experience has ignited a passion in Kamath.

The student, who has a grade point average of 100.24, hopes to attend Yale University and utilize his passion for math by studying cognitive science or neuroscience.

“I love math, but it doesn’t define me. There’s so much more to be explored with math; I want to see if I can apply math to what I really love — the brain,” he said.

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