Hersha Chauhan is a junior at Ridgefield High School. She was the first Ms. President US of Ridgefield and was inspired to pursue her campaign of mental health awareness and technology overuse. She held an event, Hours off of Technology after the Ms. President Election to promote her topics in order to make an impact here in Ridgefield.
Hersha was encouraged by her supportive family to become a leader from an early age and was elected as 5th grade class president. She continued to participate in student council through middle school and has been a senator for 3 years in high school for student government. In addition to being a mentor at Ms. President US, she volunteers with Lion’s Heart and won the Gold Presidential Award in 2020 and 2019. Because of her extensive work in the community and on the student council, she won the Superintendent Award (WSCA) in eighth grade. Hersha is currently on the executive board for Safe Rides of Ridgefield and is a leader on the orientation team for the Jesse Lee Appalachian Service Project. After participating in Ms. President US in eighth grade, Hersha improved her public speaking skills and was able to explore her interest in law. She is currently an A team lawyer on the Ridgefield Mock Trial Team and is also a captain. This summer she worked with Aimee Berger Girvalo’s campaign for state representative and this fall she is interning with Will Haskell’s campaign for state senator.
Inspired by the mission and purpose of Ms. President, Hersha created her own nonprofit (501(c)(3)) called Shared Empowerment. Its mission is to supplement the education of girls in underprivileged areas. Her current partner is an All-Girls School in India which she has been fundraising for in order to add an extracurricular program as well as a library. Visit Shared Empowerment’s facebook, instagram, twitter, or website (sharedempowerment.com) to learn more.
Hersha can not wait for the upcoming year as a mentor and junior board Vice President. She is excited to meet all of the Ms President US participants. Ms President had a huge impact on Hersha and she can not wait to help other young girls find their passion and voice as they move into high school and beyond.