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Trisha Rao is a 13-year-old and a 7th-grade student at La Jolla Country Day in San Diego.  She is an artist and author. She is an avid reader of fiction and likes playing Volleyball at the local club. She loves La Jolla Country Day and the teachers who support and guide her every day. She is very interested in Science English, and History classes. 


She recently used her artwork to create a “Hero” award and dedicated it to doctors, nurses and other front line workers helping all of us deal with the Coronavirus crisis. She distributed about 300 Hero awards to the health care professionals at the Scripps Hospital in Rancho Bernardo. The “Women you should Know”(linked here) organization featured her award certificate on their website and  made her certificate available to anyone who wants to share it with frontline workers in their lives



At age 8, Trisha authored the award-winning book “Believe In Yourself” in 2015. The book won the Independent Publishers gold medal for best children’s book in 2016. The inspiration for the book is Sunshine, her English Cocker Spaniel dog. In the book, Sunshine travels the jungles of the world, learning life lessons. 

Trisha launched the book in Istanbul, Turkey, with Syrian refugee children. She dedicated the book to children around the world and shared with them the message of hope and belief in oneself during tough times. She has read her book to children in various schools, in San Diego, Washington DC, Chicago, India, Kenya, West Indies.


Trisha was honored as a ‘California Hero’ by Senator Joel Anderson for providing encouragement to the Global community through her generous spirit and authoring of her book ‘Believe in Yourself’ inspiring thousands of children. 

She has always used her art for supporting various causes around the world. She donated $3000 to the Indian Flood relief fund from the sales generated by selling greetings cards with her paintings.  She looks forward to continuing to develop her artistic talents and contribute to the world.

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