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Hrishikesh Deshpande

Current Age: 20
School: Shelbyville High School

Interests: sports, cars, computers

Hobbies: writing, reading, sports
Favorite Color: royal blue
Favorite Book(s): TIKI: My Life in the Game and Beyond
Favorite Movie(s): Coach Carter, Rudy
Favorite Food: American food, Indian food, Italian food
Favorite YPress Story: When The Most Connected Generation and Politics Unite

Stories by Hrishikesh

Fresh from the national conventions
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 17, Greta Herbertz, 14, Hannah Zimet, 18, Sigal Tavel, 16, Isaiah Treadwell, 17, Shanze Tahir, 15, Ali Tahir, 17, Carmela Verderame, 12, Naomi Farahan, 15, Priya Mirmira, 15, Izabella Robinson, 14, Alaina Bradds, 17
Lots of excitement and pomp at the conventions.
Emma Leff, 16, works with Mikva Challenge in Chicago
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 17, Naomi Farahan, 15
Emma Leff, 16, Chicago, says kids need to take an interest in politics. “If you want something, you go and make it happen,” she said.
Shea Holbrook is living the dream.
Females are finding the need for speed
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 17, Riley Childers, 14, Catrien Egbert, 16
“You can’t just go out there and know that you’re fast, your car is fast, and your car is reliable. There’s a lot of thinking going on," said pro driver Shea Holbrook.
Joey Coachys and mom in 2012
No one had to ask them twice
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 16, Quinn Andrews, 17, Ellen Flood, 14, Greta Herbertz, 14
Some decisions were hard to make, but not for Joey Coachys, seen here with his mother.
Ambassadors are pleased to see the fruits of their efforts.
8th-graders came through for city
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 16, Quinn Andrews, 17, Ellen Flood, 14, Greta Herbertz, 14
“I felt like I did my part."
Shaimelle Harris, 15, sought a peaceful environment.
For two girls, charter was right choice
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 16
Shaimelle learned that at Herron High School, she couldn't get by with Cs or Ds but had to go through remediation and to summer school. But she’s back on track. “I would say I’m a straight B/C student. I’m working on getting my A’s back.”
More choice but no easy answers
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 16
While charter schools offer more choices, parents need to do their homework in finding the best fit for their child.
photo galleries
2011 City Stories
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 16, Darius Jordan, 14, Kuren Sikand, 17, Hannah Zimet, 16, Sigal Tavel, 14, Matthew Stubbs, 18, Brianna Starks, 15, Carmela Verderame, 11, Naomi Farahan, 14, Priya Mirmira, 14, Max Gabovitch, 18, Rachel Gardner, 16, Claire Christoff, 11
Eat your broccoli
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 15
How to get kids to eat more vegetables? This has been the age-old question of parents and dietitians alike. But let’s face it: Adults don’t like them either. In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control, just 26 percent of American adults ate three or more servings of vegetables a day.
Teens and media
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 15, Jessika Officer, 18, Michelle Hu, 18, Min Qiao, 18, Grace Bronson, 17, Ali Tahir, 15
City Stories 2010
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 15, Madison DaBreo, 13, Brianna Starks, 15, Carmela Verderame, 10, Shayan Ahmad, 16, Min Qiao, 18, Danielle Hensley, 14, Warren Stokes, 19, Victoria Kreyden, 15, Keenen Brannon, 16, Pete Shirley, 16
Poster controversy
By Tommaso Verderame, 16, Hrishikesh Deshpande, 15
Most people will agree that students should continue their educations past high school. However, not everyone agrees on how to spread that message.
audiophoto galleries
What's your favorite Butler moment?
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 14, Shayan Ahmad, 15, Kathryn Kenny, 18
The NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship, commonly known as the Final Four, is one of the largest college sporting events in the country. March Madness begins with 64 teams eliminating all but four for the tournament held in Indianapolis this year.
Youth and the economy
By Vincent Demyan, 15, Hrishikesh Deshpande, 14, Jessika Officer, 17, Michelle Hu, 17
In this series, four Y-Press journalists explore how the current economy has affected youth. While many stories have been done about adults and the economy, few mentioned teens.
School bans
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 14, Michael Wang, 18
A lot changed after April 20, 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on their murderous rampage through Columbine High School. Before then, students could carry tools such as pocketknives and nail files.
audiophoto galleries
Iraqi family finds refuge in Indiana but life is still difficult
By Tommaso Verderame, 15, Hrishikesh Deshpande, 13, Mihir Kumar, 15, Jeff Hou, 15
Imagine more than 60,000 locals being uprooted from their homes every 30 days; Indianapolis would be a ghost town in about 14 months.Since 2003, that many Iraqis have fled their homes each month to escape the turmoil that has divided their nation, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Music downloading
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 13, Susannah Sharpless, 16, Ram Dent, 12, Becky Mangan, 13
“It is not ethical, but I will do it anyway.” “Artists have become greedy.” “Who’s going to know?” “I can’t afford to pay a dollar a song.” These are some teenagers’ justifications for illegally downloading music, though there are many more. In the information age, it’s easy to get all the music you want, right when you want it.
Helping hands
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 13, Meera Patel, 17, Warren Stokes, 17
Scientific studies have found volunteering actually makes people happier and healthier. Last year 61 million Americans volunteered 8.1 billion hours of community service. That‘s nearly $158 billion in donated labor and happiness.
Democratic 2008 Convention
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 13, Max Gabovitch, 15, Sarah Zabel, 15, Jonathan Gainer, 16, Millie Cripe, 15, Quinn Andrews, 14, Jordan Denari, 17, Katie Bolinger, 18, Mallory St. Claire, 17, David Glass, 18
Considering how important young people have been to this election cycle, it's not surprising that their journalistic peers have the same enthusiasm for covering it.
Young political activist: Ridgefield, Conn.
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 12
When Adam Lussier realized that he was nearing voting age, he decided to do some research on the presidential candidates. Like most teens, he headed straight to the Web, where he "stumbled upon" Ron Paul's Web site and liked what he read. A registered Democrat, Adam switched parties to vote for Paul in Connecticut's Super Tuesday primary.
When The Most Connected Generation and Politics Unite
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 12, Katie Bolinger, 17, Millie Cripe, 15
Youth today often have unlimited access to multiple forms of communication and have been called the most connected generation. It is not uncommon, for example, for a kid to spend several hours each night instant messaging friends, creating and posting videos on YouTube or inputting information on Facebook or MySpace for (almost) all the world to see. These communications venues are also playing a key role in the 2008 election. As the conventions near, presidential candidates are trying to get all the votes and funding that they can, and the Internet has become a gold mine for generating support, particularly from youth.
Young political activist: East Cleveland, Ohio
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 12
Shaw High School senior Jonathan Lykes is not your typical high schooler. As a matter of fact, he was called an “overachiever” by The Columbus Dispatch. You see, for the past year, Jonathan has been helping to lead the Ohio Youth Agenda, a group of high school students throughout the state who gather yearly to promote issues that matter most to Ohio’s youth.
Forrest Gump: Extraordinary man with bigger heart than IQ
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 12
The film follows the life of an extraordinary man with a below average IQ. The lack of "true intelligence" doesn't stop Forrest. From his days as a college football player, to his service in the Army, to his time as a shrimper, Forrest proves that he has what it takes to succeed in life. With his simple innocence and his good-as-gold heart, Forrest charms everyone he meets in this heartwarming film.
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 12
Ratatouille He’s dying to become a chef. Brad Bird, et. al Pixar Animation Studios Run Time: 110 minutes In theaters Rating: G
Talladega Nights
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 11
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby "The story of a man who could only count to #1” Will Ferrell, et al. Sony Pictures, Inc. Run time: 126 min List price: $20.00 Rating:PG13
Photos by Hrishikesh