While she had an impressive musical resume, High School North senior Sohni Reddy’s had a different dream. Reddy, who has wanted to be a doctor since she was four years old, will be entering a medical program at the American University of Antigua after graduation in June. ##M:[more]##

Her goal is to work as a doctor in third world countries — especially in Africa. “My primary reasons for going to medical school are to help people and use my future practice as a spring board to do charitable work,” she says.

Her involvement with both Heart and Hand for the Handicapped, an organization to benefit handicapped children, and WomanSpace, an organization to benefit abused women and children, stems from her strong belief in the rights of women and children.

Reddy has been studying classical singing with Aurura Micu at Westminster Conservatory since 2001. She has received awards in several annual scholarship voice competitions, and placed first in 2006. One of her poems was chosen to be published in New York City Transit’s “Anthology of Poems.”

Reddy organized a tabla concert at St. Gregory the Great Church in Hamilton Square, in May, 2006, and raised more than $4,"000 for WomanSpace. She helped raised several thousand dollars and new volunteers for Heart and Hand for the Handicapped by setting up and staffing a booth at cultural events. She has spearheaded various fund raising activities, was the master of ceremonies at several events, and performed as a singer in their benefit concert. She is one of the founders of the annual New Jersey walkathon for the Heart and Hand for the Handicapped. Sohni also emceed the West Windsor Public Library’s cultural heritage program.

Born in Long Island, Reddy moved to Plainsboro in 1994. She lives with her mother, Neelu Reddy, who works for New York City Transit in Manhattan. Her sister, Srishti, graduated Medical School Dream Achieved

While she had an impressive musical resume, High School North senior Sohni Reddy’s had a different dream. Reddy, who has wanted to be a doctor since she was four years old, will be entering a medical program at the American University of Antigua after graduation in June.

Her goal is to work as a doctor in third world countries — especially in Africa. “My primary reasons for going to medical school are to help people and use my future practice as a spring board to do charitable work,” she says.

Her involvement with both Heart and Hand for the Handicapped, an organization to benefit handicapped children, and WomanSpace, an organization to benefit abused women and children, stems from her strong belief in the rights of women and children.

Reddy has been studying classical singing with Aurura Micu at Westminster Conservatory since 2001. She has received awards in several annual scholarship voice competitions, and placed first in 2006. One of her poems was chosen to be published in New York City Transit’s “Anthology of Poems.”

Reddy organized a tabla concert at St. Gregory the Great Church in Hamilton Square, in May, 2006, and raised more than $4,"000 for WomanSpace. She helped raised several thousand dollars and new volunteers from South in 2001. After receiving her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan with a major in psychology, she entered an accelerated master/doctorate program at Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with survivors of domestic violence and incarcerated youth and is currently working with developmentally disabled children and adults. She will begin therapy with juvenile ex-offenders this summer. Srishti plans to create a program to prevent youth from re-entering the justice system once they are released.

“No matter where we come from and who we are, we need to accept people for who and what they are, and we must learn not to judge people,” Sohni says. “Though we cannot be completely free from prejudice, we must consciously fight it.”