Dear Readers,

Congrats to this year’s graduates! For those moving on to college or starting new jobs, we hope the journey is filled with adventure and success. In this issue, we present our annual round-up of this year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorians. Learn more about what inspires these young graduates.

Also in this month’s issue are articles to ensure parents are equipped with the tools they need to help their children succeed. Health contributor Saira Gillani shares six foods that help young minds develop and stay focused during the school day. Guest contributor Aditi W. Singh shares her tips for keeping children engaged over the summer months. Founder of Synocate Ishan Puri offers high school students insight into how leadership matters during the college admissions process. Understanding college costs can be confusing, so financial advisor Rajesh Jyotishi shares advice on programs that help. If you have questions for any of our guest contributors, send us a note to info@deshvidesh.com.

For the past twelve years, Indian Americans have dominated the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year, was no different as Ananya Vinay became the 13th consecutive Indian American to be crowned the champion! Learn more about her and third place contestant Mira Dedhia in this issue.

Don’t miss visiting us at the MyShadi Bridal Expo next month! We’ll be in Atlanta on August 13 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, so be sure to register to attend online at www.myshadibridalexpo.com. Can’t make it? Then join us in Orlando on September 10 at the Hilton Orlando. As usual, admission and parking are free to the shows, and the best part? Getting to meet with a wide range of event planning vendors all in the same place. Imagine all the planning you can finalize in one afternoon, leaving more time to enjoy being a couple!

Raj Shah
Managing Editor

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