Who Are We?

Connect Me is a student-run organization from high-achieving volunteers who have a passion for helping our community. Right now, as our society faces the challenge of COVID-19, the community is pulling through together, and we want to also contribute by providing tutoring to students who need extra support.

To parents/guardians: you're working hard already - let us keep your kids' grades up

To students: our utmost priority is teaching you the content you need to excel in school and build towards a successful future.

Meet the Board

Akul Gunukula

President
Akul Gunukula is a senior at Troy High School. He enjoys helping people and joined Connect Me as it was perfect for helping children. He enjoys playing basketball and learning about science in every field. Some extracurricular activities include serving as Engineering Vice President of Robotics Team FRC 226, Vice President of Physics Club, participating in math competitions, and doing Forensics. His favorite subjects are math and science and plans to pursue those areas in college.

Ashwath Palavalli

Vice President
Ashwath Palavalli is a 12 grader at Mira Loma High School. He is very passionate about helping students affected by the pandemic. He is very interested in Chinese culture, taking Chinese at school for 5 years and participating in the Chinese Club at his school as the Secretary. He loves to make practical projects and find solutions to everyday problems. He also loves exploring his interests through Speech and Debate, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), district level clubs such as a student council, advocating, and volunteering at local libraries. Ashwath would like to pursue a career in the Biomedical Engineering field.

Ritvik Ellendula

Secretary
Ritvik Ellendula is a sophomore at Northville High School. He joined Connect Me after hearing about the exemplary work the organization has done, and admiring the dedication of the members. He is currently the Secretary/CMO and is extremely interested in marketing and medicine. He actively participates in many clubs, such as HOSA and DECA, where he competes internationally. Outside of Connect Me, he volunteers with Rotary International, Key2Finesse, and NRIVA. Additionally, serving as high school Class President and as a Representative in Congress has taught him vital leadership skills. During his free time, he enjoys learning new skills, going on runs, and calling friends.

Nivedita Ravi

Director of Operations
Nivedita Ravi is a junior at Dunlap High School. She wants to help children and support them through Connect Me, as well as improve herself in many aspects. One of her favorite subjects is literature, mainly due to the endless interpretations of the same work and the deeper meaning of every story. She has also always been fascinated with the different psychological phenomenons and how they explain a person's behavior, and hopes to pursue a career as a child or forensic psychologist in the future. One of her greatest achievements is receiving the Presidential Award of Outstanding Excellence. When she has free time, she loves to sew, read, watch television, and go biking.

Emir Tascioglu

Director of Chapters
Emir Tascioglu is a junior at Northville High School. He entered the Connect Me team due to his passion for not only helping other fellow students, but also for marketing and business. He's responsible for contacting schools, businesses, and influencers for partnerships to grow Connect Me. In his free time, Emir plays for a nationals soccer team and is also a member of the Business Professionals of America and the Turkish-American Cultural Association of Michigan's High School Chapter. He also enjoys exercising, dabbling in the stock market, and playing the trumpet.

Hasini Anand

Director of Advertising
Hasini Anand is a freshman at Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) who joined Connect Me as a way to reach her community and make a greater impact. She has been a part of Connect Me for about two years. From tutoring amazing students to helping spread the word about Connect Me, she has loved everything about the experience! She is also very involved with her school community through clubs like Student Government and National Honor Society. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, painting and reading.

Abhi Attaluri

Director of Media
Abhinav Attaluri is a senior at Northville High School. He joined Connect Me in order to help students across the nation grow in various subjects and make a difference. He is currently serving as the Director of Media at Connect Me. Additionally, he is the Captain of his high school Varsity Tennis Team, and has been on the team for 4 years. He is very passionate about volunteer work in his community, having joined volunteering organizations such as ACEing Autism and National Honor Society. In his free time, Abhinav loves to hang out with friends and family, exercise, and watch television. He has great interest in Computer Science and would love to explore the field in the future.
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