The Portage County Teen Board has selected Austin Hayes and Vatsala Kumar as Teens of the Month for March.
The son of Christine and David Hayes of Aurora, Austin is a senior at Aurora High School. He ranks fourth in his class of 238 students and holds a 4.277 grade point average.
At school, Austin in a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish/International Club and the junior varsity tennis team. He has been captain of the Aurora High School Swim Team all four years and is a lifeguard at Club Walden in Aurora.
He has been named to the honor roll, earned an academic letter in 10th, 11th and 12th grades and was a swimming state qualifier in 10th grade. He earned the athletic department's highest winter sport grade point average in his junior year and also was a symphonic band state qualifier.
Austin is active in his community, trick-or-treating for canned goods, participating in Relay for Life, co-captaining the Aurora Swim for Diabetes Team and taking part in church activities.
Austin's hobbies include swimming, playing tennis, reading, listening to music and hanging out with his friends. After high school, Austin plans to attend a four-year college with a major in alternative energy engineering and hopes to coach a swim team to continue his passion for swimming.
Vatsala is the daughter of Sadhna and Satyendra Kumar of Kent. She is a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and ranks fourth in her class of 297 students with a 3.929 GPA.
At school, Vatsala is a member of the Key Club, Drama Guild and choir and has been president, vice president and representative with Student Council. She also took part in Prom Works, Silent Auction and Riders Taking Action and was chair of the French Club.
Vatsala earned accolades with the International Thespian Society, was a member of the National Honor Society, and earned varsity letters in choir and drama and a I rating on choral solo.
In her community, Vatsala raised money for various organizations through Key Club, sang and entertained through ACEs, and volunteers at Happy Day School in Franklin Township and at National ChurchResidences. She enjoys dancing, singing in ChoralWorks and ACEs at Roosevelt, acting with the Drama Guild, writing poetry and prose, and spending time with loved ones.
Upon graduation, she hopes to attend Columbia University in New York City with a double major in dance and education and a business minor.
She would like to either own her own dance studio or teach dance in addition to teaching high school English.