Menita Anili Vedantam
Menita Vedantam is the daughter of Srinivasa and Surya Vedantam. She has one brother, Mihir Vedantam. Menita graduated from Blue Valley High School, this past spring, where she was involved in the Drama Department, National Honor's Society, Science National Honor's Society, History National Honor's Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor's Society), and the Environmental Club. She is very excited to attend the University of Kansas this fall to study engineering. That doesn't mean she will be giving up her dream of becoming an actress, she's just taking a slight detour. Menita began dancing at the age of 8, and she has been dancing for 10 years now. She has performed in a variety of places such as India Nite, TAGKC, Tarangini, temple fundraisers, Nelon's Passport to India, and many more. Along with Bharata Natyam, Menita also participates in Bollywood dances, and is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In her free time, Menita enjoys baking. She has her own business, Menita's Homemade Cupcakes (what she likes to call "Cupcravery"). Menita is an animal lover who has a pet dog, Max, and two pet Amazon parrots, Pumpkin Pie and Paco. She had many pets in the past including a hedgehog, parakeets, gerbils, geckos, turtles, hermit crabs, and many more. Annually, Menita joins a few friends and the Youth Volunteer Corps on MLK Day, National Service Day, to volunteer, and make the day ON instead of a day OFF. She also volunteers at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Gift Shop over summers. One of the most important things to Menita is sending quality time with her family and friends. She looks forward to ascending the stage on her aragetram day to showcase her talent.