Meet The Team

Leadership

Founder & CEO

Jaswanth Vandrasi

Jaswanth is a high school senior at Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH. He founded Politics Made Simple back in April 2020 and has since overseen its growth from a website into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with dozens of part-time volunteers and hundreds of articles. As the CEO, he oversees new initiatives, supervises current staff, and publishes all articles onto WordPress. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends, and re-watching The Office.

Editor-in-Chief

Vidit Pokharna

Vidit is a high school senior at Orlando Science High School in Orlando, FL, who joined in October 2020. For many years, he noticed that the media report truths, but partial truths. He joined to further his vision of having impartial media that doesn’t hide any part of the truth. He believes Politics Made Simple is the path to fix this. As Editor-in-Chief, he manages writers & editors to meet article deadlines. When not working, he enjoys biking, volunteering, and learning new things.

Editors

Teja Amathi

Teja is a high school senior at Olentangy High School in Powell, OH, and is one of our Honorary Board Members He joined in November 2020 because he enjoyed writing and wanted volunteer hours. In his free time, he likes to go out with friends, write (mostly fiction), and listen to chill, lofi hip-hop music.

Edwin Quang

Edwin is a college freshman at the University of Arkansas who joined in December 2020 because he wanted to use his interest in politics to help teens understand current events. When not editing, he enjoys reading science fiction, calligraphy, journaling, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and wrestling.

Marketing

Lindsey Butler

Lindsey is a high school senior at Columbus Academy. She joined the team in February 2021 because she thought it would be a fun way to explore her interest in politics & government while gaining experience in marketing. In her free time, she loves to play tennis, watch How I Met Your Mother, and participate in debate club. Fun fact: Lindsey has 3 dogs!

Yuvraj Tammina

Yuvraj is a high school junior at Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH. He joined in June 2021 because he wanted to help teens follow current events and learn how to run a social media page. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing Call of Duty, and playing tennis.

Writers

Business


Dakshin Pisini

Dakshin is a high school senior at Olentangy High School in Powell, OH, and is one of our Honorary Board MembersHe joined Politics Made Simple in November of 2020 because he thought it was an unique idea for a organization and wanted to try it out. In his free time, he likes to listen to rap music, work out, and hang out with friends.

Saketh Gudimetla

Saketh is a high school junior at Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH, who joined in June 2021 because he was interested in working in a student-led run media outlet. When he’s not writing, he enjoys playing tennis with friends, playing F1 Racing on Xbox, and watching Netflix shows.

Government


Varun Thotli

Varun is a high school senior at Jerome High School in Dublin, OH, who joined in October 2020. He joined because he wanted an outlet to discuss current issues, something he believes few people today with civility. Aside from writing, he enjoys playing basketball with friends, making pencil sketches, and spending time with his little brother.

Charlotte Rose

Charlotte is a high school senior at Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH, and is one of our Honorary Board Members. She joined in February 2021 because she yearned to share her fascination and passion for factual politics with other, less interested teens. In her free time, she loves to go on walks with her two fluffy dogs, eat at Bibibop with friends, and do volunteer work with the Red Cross.

Kanishk Kovuru

Kanishk is a high school junior at Olentangy Orange in Powell, OH, who joined Politics Made Simple because he wanted to create a more politically aware community: many news articles at the moment are either biased or just too long to read. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing basketball with friends, and spending time with family.

Opinion


Grant Balzer

Grant is a college freshman at Miami University in Oxford, OH, who joined in March 2021 because of his passion for government and interest in journalism. He felt the organization would be a great platform to create successful and in-depth articles. His other interests are in technology, specifically computers and Virtual Reality (VR). In fact, he runs his own business, Iron City PC, where he custom-assembles computers for individuals in surrounding counties.

Aayush Chokshi

Aayush is a high school senior at Orlando Science High School at Orlando, FL. He joined Politics Made Simple in July 2021 because he felt that America has become far too propagandized, and that it is nearly impossible to tell real news from fake news. Outside of writing, he enjoys biking with friends, walking his dog, and playing Minecraft & GTA V on his PC.

Science


Anushka Maharana

Anushka is a high school junior at Olentangy High School in Powell, OH. She joined in July 2021 because she wanted to help inform the public about current events and stop the spread of misinformation in our society. Aside from writing, she runs, paints, and bakes cupcakes.

Society


Kathir Maari

Kathir is a high school senior at Olentangy Berlin High School in Powell, OH, who joined in November 2020. He joined because it gave him an outlet where he can write and express his thoughts about important matters in today’s society. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

Nancy Patel

Nancy is a high school senior at North Royalton High School in North Royalton, OH. She joined the team in February 2021 because she wanted to learn and inform others about America’s society, government, and laws. In her free time, she likes crafting cards, playwriting, and playing music (she’s a percussionist!).

World


Dhimanth Kalyanam

Dhimanth is a high school senior at Jerome High School in Dublin, OH. He joined in November 2020 to further engage himself in both World and United States politics and understand the technical aspects of running a website. In his free time, he enjoys playing violin for his school orchestra and various independent orchestras & ensembles, coding, and playing chess.

Abhi Sangu

Abhi is a high school senior at Olentangy High School in Powell, OH. He joined in May 2021 because he liked the idea giving people concise, truthful information so that they form their own opinions. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball with friends and watching Brooklyn 99.

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