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Ashly Chorath is named "Tomorrow 25" Winner

posted Apr 28, 2010, 2:14 AM by knanaya news   [ updated May 5, 2010, 11:39 PM by Anil Mattathikunnel ]

Ashley Chorath is named "Tomorrow25" Winner

Ashley Chorath is among the 25 juniors selected from students across the globe for the Tomorrow25 award by Bentley University and TIME magazine.


Ashley Chorath, a 16 year old 11th grader from Davie, FL, was recently selected among students around the world for the 2010 Tomorrow25 award, a joint venture between Bentley University and TIME magazine which recognizes twenty-five outstanding high school juniors from around the world. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the international competition launched by Bentley in 2004 to identify the next generation of world leaders.

Ashley was chosen for her exemplary leadership and academics. She is the founder and President of her school’s Future Doctors of America club, President of the International Club, is a nationally published essayist and poet, and has dedicated over 400 volunteer hours to various charities among many other achievements. Since the introduction of Tomorrow25, Ashley is the first Malayalee and the first Knanaya student to be selected for the award.

Ashley is the daughter of Cyril and Tessy Chorath, who originate from Kallara Parish in Kerala, India. She attends West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines, FL, where she has always been a top student and leader. She is ranked number one in her class at West Broward High School and consistently earns straight A’s in her rigorous course schedule. Her family is part of the Knanaya Catholic Church of South Florida, and Ashley serves on the executive board for the Knanaya Catholic Youth League.

In the future, this model student aspires to become a physician. Ashley cites her success as the result of a strong faith in God, the emphasis her parents have placed on education, and their support of her extracurricular pursuits.

The Tomorrow25 committee seeks outstanding young leaders who demonstrate leadership and accomplishment in a variety of ways, including academic excellence, initiative, citizenship, technological savvy, cultural awareness, social responsibility, and a commitment to making positive change in the world around them.

Chosen from hundreds of nominations from around the world, the 25 winners received national recognition and interacted with high-profile leaders on April 22, 2010 at the sixth annual Bentley Leadership Forum, in cooperation with TIME Magazine. The students were honored and applauded for all their accomplishments. Ashley will also appear in TIME magazine with the other students in a May issue. In addition to the Leadership Forum, Bentley hosted a welcome reception in honor of the Tomorrow25. The reception was a great opportunity for the Tomorrow25 students to meet one another, share common experiences and talk about future plans.

Bentley University is a leading school in business education. This year's theme for the leadership forum was "The Business of Healing Our World: Accountable Leadership in Action."  The forum featured leaders who are making a difference in healthcare, environmental change, brand and corporate responsibility, and leadership development. The keynote address during the morning program was delivered by Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of America's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons. A writer, inventor and advocate of alternative medicine, Dr. Oz also hosts his own popular syndicated talk show on Fox Television.

Ashley states, "It was an amazing experience and I met incredible students as well as leaders from around the world. Meeting Dr. Oz was very exciting and I really enjoyed my time at Bentley University."

A description about the program and Ashley’s achievements may be found at: 

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