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Meera Patel

Stories by Meera

Religious symbols
By Meera Patel, 18, Daniel Ballow, 18
Aaron, Nadiya, Amal and Hadeiyah would all stand out in a crowd. All are local teenagers who wear religious symbols and clothing to represent their beliefs.
Junior Colts cheerleaders
By Meera Patel, 18
Open up the barnyard, kick out the hay, “We’re the girls from the U-S-A. “Turn on the radio, who do you hear? “Elvis Presley doing our cheer. “We’re gonna F-I-G-H-T, we’re gonna F-I-G-H-T, we’re gonna F-I-G-H-T. "We’re gonna fight tonight!”
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.
The Military Way
By Meera Patel, 16
Tameria Aldrich might have passed as a typical American teen-ager if it weren’t for the camouflage uniform she wore daily.Her weekday schedule last spring was different from what most youth face too: The 17-year-old was up before dawn, helping clean her barracks before breakfast, then marching in formations, followed by school and a full day of other military-style events.
Katelyn Todd, 15, is also a female wrestler that attends North Montgomery High School
Girls grapple with sexism in sports
By Meera Patel, 16
Tasha Borta and Katelynn Todd think it's only fair that they be allowed on the North Montgomery High School wrestling team -- even though their teammates and a lot of their competitors are male.
Young writers visiting Benin
By Ariel Aisen, 15, Meera Patel, 14
Benin is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it also has been hailed as the poster child for democracy. Between Nigeria and Togo, this western African country is about the size of Pennsylvania but has about the same number of people as Indiana -- 7.46 million. Benin has 60 ethnic groups and is the birthplace of voodoo.
Flock strengthens with human help
By Laura Mangan, 12, Meera Patel, 15
A flock of 18 white birds glided through the cold, blue sky of southern Indiana in the early morning, guided by three small planes disguised as mama and papa birds. Their stop during the 73-day trip from Necedah, Wis., to Dunnellon, Fla., in mid-November was part of an extraordinary effort by Operation Migration to save endangered whooping cranes by establishing a wild flock of migrating birds.