Keshav Narra – Concord Academy APA Leader

 

By Azor Cole

Keshav Narra is not your average 17-year-old. Yes, he hangs out with friends and does his homework. Most 17-year-olds do. What most don’t do, however, is organize and lead a group of classmates in advocacy for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution so that citizens - not money, not corporations, not special interests - govern. Keshav Narra is not your average 17-year-old.

“Before high school I don’t think many people know what they like, but once I got to high school I figured it out: I loved history,” says Keshav, a rising senior at Concord Academy.

In the Summer of 2015, Keshav took an eye-opening course. It was Law and Politics, and touched on the now infamous Citizens United v. FEC (2010) decision which opened the floodgates for money to pour into our elections. At the same time, advertisements for the 2016 Presidential election were picking up, with big money coming in, often anonymously, from all sides.

“It was kind of perfect timing because right as I was getting into government, politics, and history, everything was picking up with the [2016] election,” Says Keshav.

Around the same time, Keshav heard about American Promise and did some research of his own. Rather than just signing a petition, or liking a Facebook post, Keshav picked up the phone and gave American Promise a call. Not long after, he was coming into the office to interview for an internship, which he landed.

Right away, Keshav saw potential to come full circle with his political interest and start his own American Promise Association at his High School, Concord Academy.

“We’re a pretty politically active school, especially for a high school,” Keshav says.

Last Spring, Keshav and his newly formed APA met with their Massachusetts state rep, Cory Atkins. They are currently in the process of writing an op-ed with her on the issue.

As an American Promise intern, Keshav spent the bulk of his time working in the legal department on the Writing the 28th Amendment project. Next year, Keshav will be a senior in high school, but he’s already thinking beyond.

“This issue is probably one of the most important that I’m going to see in my life, and I think it has the potential to change a lot,” says Keshav.