Local elementary student participates in forum at UCLA
Current Kumon Student Daizo joins his Kumon Instructor Eva Argonza along with Kumon Program Completers and Student Forum Panelists Praneel Samal, Nicholas and Morgan on stage following the student forum held at UCLA on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Courtesy Photo
By Christina Cox
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Praneel Samal, a 10-year-old from Stevenson Ranch, was one of four Kumon students from Southern California selected to participate in a student forum held at UCLA Saturday.

Hosted by the San Fernando Valley Branch office of Kumon North America, the panel featured Kumon Program completers ranging from elementary school to high school and aimed to inspire local youth to reach their full potential.

Kumon is an after school program for reading and math enrichment that allows students to learn independently and at their own pace.

“We do these panels throughout the country, so we have 1,500 centers and we do them by region,” said Leah Coyle, public relations specialist for Kumon North America, Inc. “We’ve created these to try to inspire students and to stress the importance of advanced study. All of these panelists were program completers in different stages of their childhood.”

Student panels of all ages speak to a crows at the Kumon student forum held at UCLA on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Courtesy Photo

During the panel discussion, attendees heard about each student’s academic journey, participated in ice breaker exercises and joined in question-and-answer discussions.

“This unique learning opportunity allowed our panelists to provide a fun and engaging space for students and their parents to learn how current academic efforts connect to future goals,” said Yumi Hoshino, San Fernando Valley Branch Manager for Kumon North America. “If even one student left feeling connected to a larger network and inspired to achieve their dreams, we’ve achieved our goal.”

Praneel was chosen for the panel because he is a dual-program completer of the Kumon Curriculum. In fact, Samal was able to finish the Kumon math and reading program in record time at the age of 9.

“Praneel was chosen as a panelist because he is a program completer and he was unique because he completed it by the age of 9, which means he was reading Shakespeare and doing calculus,” Coyle said.

This work allowed Samal to skip third grade, place second in his school science fair and tie for first in his school’s Math Olympiad.

Outside of his Kumon homework, Samal also practices karate, plays tennis and basketball, participates in Boy Scouts of America, collects and classifies rocks and practices the clarinet.

When he grows up, Samal wants to be a famous mathematician hoping to solve some of the Millennium Prize Problems like the Riemman Hypothesis.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
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About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Current Kumon Student Daizo joins his Kumon Instructor Eva Argonza along with Kumon Program Completers and Student Forum Panelists Praneel Samal, Nicholas and Morgan on stage following the student forum held at UCLA on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Courtesy Photo

Local elementary student participates in forum at UCLA

Praneel Samal, a 10-year-old from Stevenson Ranch, was one of four Kumon students from Southern California selected to participate in a student forum held at UCLA Saturday.

Hosted by the San Fernando Valley Branch office of Kumon North America, the panel featured Kumon Program completers ranging from elementary school to high school and aimed to inspire local youth to reach their full potential.

Kumon is an after school program for reading and math enrichment that allows students to learn independently and at their own pace.

“We do these panels throughout the country, so we have 1,500 centers and we do them by region,” said Leah Coyle, public relations specialist for Kumon North America, Inc. “We’ve created these to try to inspire students and to stress the importance of advanced study. All of these panelists were program completers in different stages of their childhood.”

Student panels of all ages speak to a crows at the Kumon student forum held at UCLA on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Courtesy Photo

During the panel discussion, attendees heard about each student’s academic journey, participated in ice breaker exercises and joined in question-and-answer discussions.

“This unique learning opportunity allowed our panelists to provide a fun and engaging space for students and their parents to learn how current academic efforts connect to future goals,” said Yumi Hoshino, San Fernando Valley Branch Manager for Kumon North America. “If even one student left feeling connected to a larger network and inspired to achieve their dreams, we’ve achieved our goal.”

Praneel was chosen for the panel because he is a dual-program completer of the Kumon Curriculum. In fact, Samal was able to finish the Kumon math and reading program in record time at the age of 9.

“Praneel was chosen as a panelist because he is a program completer and he was unique because he completed it by the age of 9, which means he was reading Shakespeare and doing calculus,” Coyle said.

This work allowed Samal to skip third grade, place second in his school science fair and tie for first in his school’s Math Olympiad.

Outside of his Kumon homework, Samal also practices karate, plays tennis and basketball, participates in Boy Scouts of America, collects and classifies rocks and practices the clarinet.

When he grows up, Samal wants to be a famous mathematician hoping to solve some of the Millennium Prize Problems like the Riemman Hypothesis.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.