Hi, I’m Arun Chintalapati, a junior at Mass Academy. I live in Shrewsbury with my parents and younger brother. I was born in Southfield, Michigan, but my family moved to Massachusetts a year after I was born. I started attending Saint Bernadette’s School in Northborough when I was 4 years old. I made a lot of good friends there and attended the school until the eighth grade. Once I graduated from SBS, I went to Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury for two years. I enjoyed the school a lot, meeting a lot of new friends and also hanging out with some old friends from middle school. However, I decided to transfer to Mass Academy due to the focus on math and science, as those are my two favorite subjects.
In middle school I was part of the cross country team. When I started cross country, I was not very good and would often walk most of the course. But once I started my second year of cross country I became more committed and made steady improvement. By my third year I had become one of the better runners on the team and I was really enjoying myself. In my final year of cross country at SBS I was one of the top 10 runners on the team and I was consistently running the 2.2-mile course in under 12 minutes.
I was also on the basketball team in middle school for 3 years. I was never very good, but I always loved playing with my friends. Practices and games were always really fun. In eighth grade, our team made it to the quarter-finals, but ended up losing by only a few points. It was really sad, but everyone had a really great time during the season. I decided not to play basketball in high school because I knew I would not be good enough to make the St. John’s team, but I still like to play with my brother and friends.
This year, my major community service has been running the math team at Saint Bernadette's School in Northborough. I used to attend SBS, and some of my fondest memories were competing with friends at the annual Saint John's Math Meets. I remember that, though I had fun, we were never able to win any prizes at the competition. This year, I founded an official math team at the school, providing the students with more guidance when they were preparing for these competitions. I also got the students to compete in many more competitions this year, such as NEML, PDMT, and various in-school competitions. I would not have been able to run this math team without the help of many of my friends from MAMS, who volunteered with me to help teach the students various types of competition math. In the end, the team placed 4th at the Saint John's Math Meet, and ranked second in the county for NEML. It was an amazing experience to teach these kids and watch them learn and grow. I can't wait to do it again next year!