Meet the high school students who run the program.



Founder and Team Leader

Hi, I'm Neha! I am currently a junior at Oakton High School and I am the head of the DC-NOVA Teen Science Cafe. Helping others has always been a passion of mine, which is why I decided to start the cafe. I hope to provide a deeper insight into STEM professions/areas of expertise and foster relationships within a network of driven and motivated high school students. Along with managing the cafe, I am also an avid fencer and Science Olympiad competitor. I hope to combine my pre-existing knowledge of science and science related activities with the opportunities that this cafe has to offer in order to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.


Communications Co-Manager

Hi my name is Kelly and I am a junior at Oakton High School. My favorite subjects in school are Computer Science, Math, and Economics. I am super excited to be a part of Teen Science Café in DC-NOVA to spread the love of STEAM to DC Public Schools and Northern Virginia students. In my free time, I like to read any nonfiction book I can find related to STEAM and go hiking with my friends and family. I hope to see you guys there at our next event!


Communications Co-Manager

Hi, my name is Clare Sparling an I am a junior at Oakton High School.  I am excited to be a part of the DC-NOVA Teen Science Cafe. My interactions with STEM professionals have encouraged me to pursue a career in science and I am excited to give others in my community this opportunity. Outside of the cafe, I can be found debating, researching, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.


Activities Co-Planner

My name is Ankisha Singh, and I am junior at Oakton High School. I am passionate about STEM, and I hope to go into a science or technology career field. As a Fairfax County student, I am also very passionate about spreading knowledge about STEM to the community. I enjoy taking part in science fairs, and I often find myself doing random fun experiments on my own! In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, watch Bollywood movies, and rewatch Friends for the hundredth time. I am so excited for the cafes, and I hope to see you there!


Activities Co-Planner

My name is Charitha Vennapusa and I am in 11th grade at Oakton High School. I am so thrilled to be a part of the NOVA Teen Science Cafe and to provide opportunities to students who want to expand their knowledge or don’t have access to many educational resources. My favorite subject in school is biology because it’s so fascinating to see how organisms function and how they interact with the environment. At school, I am on the Oakton Debate Team and the Girls Varsity Tennis team, and outside of school, I dance and go biking in my free time. I look forward to meeting you at our next Teen Science Cafe!


Outreach Co-Manager

Hi my name is Kathy Yu. I'm a junior at Oakton High School, and I am beyond excited to be apart of the Teen Science Cafe in DC-NOVA. My favorite subjects in school consist of Math and Science. I love helping others as wells as being an active member in helping out my community


Outreach Co-Manager

Hi my name is Sarah Selougha, and I’m currently a Junior at Oakton High School. I am thrilled to be apart of this very enriching program and getting to expand my STEM-based passion outside of school. Through the NOVA Teen Science Cafe, I hope to spread my love of STEM and further enhance the learning process in my community. Outside of the cafe I teach languages to elementary school students, volunteer at my local hospital, and spend time with my friends and family. Hope to see you at our next teen cafe!

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