When children of her age are glued to the TV, eight-year-old Sreelakshmi Suresh is busy exploring web designing. The fourth standard student of Presentation High Secondary School in Kozhikode, Kerala, has proved her mettle by designing her school website, to be launched on January 15, 2007.
The Association of American Webmasters has honoured her with its official membership, a rare honour for a girl so young. Daughter of Suresh Menon, an advocate and Viju Suresh, a schoolteacher, Sreelakshmi’s brush with the digital world began at the age of four.
Initially, a little prodding was needed. But once she took off it was a flight to the glory. “After studies I used to spend hours before the terminal. Since my school did not have an official site, I took it as a challenge to design one,” explains Sreelakshmi about the site www.presentationhss.com. For students of her school, she is a role model.
“She is an inspiration for even grown up students... our school is blessed with such a talented girl,” school headmistress Sister Roselit praises her. So, what’s next on her agenda? “We don’t want to strain her eyes too much at a young age,” her concerned mother says. But if you want to meet the genius, mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.