Nikita Jeyasingh Virginia Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Maura Varley Photography Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Upon meeting Nikita Jeyasingh, I was immediately stuck by her sweet smile and humble spirit. Nikita is a senior in the Leadership program at James River High School and is ranked 12th in a class of 450. She is the Vice President of the Student Council and a wining varsity tennis player and team captain (ranked #1 in the region). She has been dancing for 15 years and enjoys her third year as a member of the school’s dance team. She is amazing! Even if you are jealous of her abilities, it’s impossible not to like her – she’s just that nice.
Tell us about your passion for playing tennis competitively.
I began competing when I was 11 years old beginning with many local tournaments. My freshman year in high school, I made the Varsity Tennis team, and I’ve played as the #1 singles and doubles player for the past 3 years. Competing has taught me so much about myself and my love for the game. I love the individuality of the sport but also the team aspect of it because the goal is for our team to win the most matches. When I’m competing, I feel like I’m in a different world because all I’m focusing on is the match. I love being able to focus on one thing I love the most and do whatever I can to try to win.
How did your tennis career begin? When did you know that this is what you loved doing?
My dad got me into tennis when I was just 4 years old. It started as something I would do just for fun and to go outside and spend time with my dad. As I got older, I began to develop even more of a love for the sport, and I started training just about every day. When I was 8, I played my first match at a local country club. I remember feeling like Serena Williams as I brought my bag onto the court and battled it out against my opponent. From that day forward, I realized that this is what I want to do and get good at.
What was your experience like on the dance team?
Being on the dance team is such a rewarding experience. I love all the girls on my team and my coach. We have practices over the summer to learn our routines, and we practice after school during the year. We then perform at halftime shows, other school events, and attend competitions. Dance team is something that takes a lot of effort and hard work; however, at the same time, it’s a lot of fun and I’ve learned so much.
What is your favorite thing about being a dancer? What style of dance is your favorite, and why?
My favorite thing about being a dancer is being able to express myself through movement. My favorite style is probably jazz because I love the sass and the incorporation of tricks, turns, and specific dance movements.
Where have you traveled before? Which location has been your favorite? Why?
I love traveling; I’ve been to 35 countries! If I have to pick a favorite, I would say Thailand because first of all, the food is amazing, and I love how it has so much culture and so many different things to see from the blue beaches in the city of Phuket to the breathtaking mountains in Chiang Mai.
Tell us about your volunteering opportunities and places you have volunteered.
I volunteer at a local hospital at the Patient Information Center and the Surgical Center. I also volunteer with a program at my church called, “Big Pals Little Pals,” which is an after-school program where I can tutor children whose parents don’t speak English or are unable to help them with their schoolwork. I love helping kids with schoolwork, and it’s so rewarding to see them understand their homework and enjoy doing it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future?
I plan on majoring in Biomedical Engineering in college and then going to medical school. . I want to be a pediatric surgeon because I know I want to devote my life to helping people, especially kids.
Nikita will be featured in Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!