Collierville girl featured in TIME Magazine after writing about COVID
COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee – A 12-year-old girl from Collierville is drawing national attention after writing an article about COVID-19. Shanaya Pokharna is one of 16 children from around the world to feature in a recent issue of “TIME Magazine”.
“It didn’t feel real to be in TIME Magazine at the age of 12,” she said, “It was really cool.”
The article details his experiences during the pandemic, including his efforts to get people vaccinated. In fact, she helped get started and took part in a social media challenge. A video on Facebook shows her with her father drinking lemon juice.
“Okay. We’ve had a shot of lemon,” Shanaya says in the video, “So now it’s your turn to take the vaccine!
Shanaya also spoke about attending online school and her fear when both of her parents contracted the virus. First, his mother got him in March 2020.
“When she got it, there wasn’t really a cure or protocol on what to do,” Shanaya said.
Her father, Dr Hiren Pokharna, an infectious disease doctor at Baptist East, tested positive in November and was hospitalized for five days.
“He got it in November,” Shanaya said. “So we knew what the results would be or how he could improve, but being in the hospital was really scary for all of us.”
Shanaya, a rising 7th grade student at Lausanne Collegiate School, was previously featured in “TIME for Kids” in June 2020 when she submitted an essay. Her parents couldn’t be prouder.
“I am impressed with her writing skills,” said Dr. Hiren Pokharna, “I never knew she wrote so well.”
“I was very excited, happily proud of my daughter,” said her mother Payal.
Shanaya says she is now turning her attention to a new issue, gun control.
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