Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Aneesha Prathigudupu – Ashwaubenon girls’ tennis
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Aneesha Prathigudupu
Parents: Narahari Prathigudupu and Pramoda Kolahalam
Activity: Girl’s tennis
Aneesha Prathigudupu was a senior on the Ashwaubenon girls’ tennis team that qualified for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 Team State Tournament.
She went 28-1 on the season, which included wins over Verona, Eau Claire Memorial, Madison West and Whitefish Bay.
Prathigudupu is from Hyderabad, India, where she said the culture is diverse.
She said people speak different languages, eat different foods and have different clothing.
Her family celebrates several festivals at home and sometimes goes to a Hindu temple in Kaukauna.
In Green Bay, Prathigudupu said she loves to spend summers at Bay Beach and watch the Packers during the season.
She said she’d love to be a billionaire for a day so she could help others and give money to charities.
What’s your most embarrassing tennis moment?
“During an outdoor match my sophomore year, I completely missed several overheads because the sun was in my eyes.”
How do you balance participating in sports and a heavy course load at Ashwaubenon?
“It’s hard, but I try to get everything done right away. I prioritize my subjects based on their difficulty and complete the work that is due the earliest. Lots of the time, I spend my weekend getting caught up.”
How many times does somebody say your name incorrectly?
“It’s spelled correctly most of the time, but it’s more of the pronunciation from India that gets said incorrectly.”
What’s your most memorable tennis moment?
“The sectional final match in 2020 versus De Pere. During my most important match, I was nervous and lost the first three games. I like to hit lots of angles, and I was off. I had to mentally focus again and ended up winning the set and the next. When I returned while others were still playing, two of my teammates and I calculated the point totals and we knew we were going to team state.”
An amusement park or a walk on the beach?
“An amusement park.”
What’s something about you most people don’t know?
“I like to watch shows in different languages, such as Spanish, Chinese and especially, Korean. My favorite Korean show is ‘Start-Up.’”
“I enjoy reading and spending time with friends/family.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I hope to major in computer science and minor in marketing. I’ve recently gotten into computer science, and I was interested in business after participating in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).”
Favorite two dishes from your hometown in India?
“Biryani and Naans.”
What’s one thing, if you were in control, would you change about living in the present?
“I would give every child the opportunity to attend school.”
Country, pop or rap?
What’s your leadership style?
“I like to lead by example.”
French or Australian Open?
What five words describe you?
“Creative, kind, diligent, organized, reliable.”
Who’s your favorite tennis player?
What other sport could you have excelled in?
“Swimming – I enjoy the sport.”
If you could board a plane tomorrow and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
“To Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and the various museums.”
Summer or fall?
Classes: Math, science
Movies: Harry Potter, Marvel movies
Sports editor’s note: To read last week’s Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight on Rachel Breu, CLICK HERE.