is an ambitious, determined, bright, compassionate, and wise woman who is truly grateful for the opportunity to be crowned as your first, Miss Jr. America. Before nationals she had the pleasure of serving as Miss California Jr. America. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the daughter of proud immigrant parents and was raised by an intelligent, supportive, hardworking single mother who gave her everything she needed to be able to stand on her own two feet.
An honors student, who attended Pace University and is working towards obtaining a degree in psychology with a minor in business and biochemistry. She hopes to one day get a doctorate with a concentration in neurology. Susmitha discovered her love for research at a young age while competing in numerous science fairs, where she won countless honors in the field of medicine and health. She is nationally recognized as an award-winning student scientist for her work on cancer research, with prestigious laboratories such as the Fox Chase Cancer Center and Fels Institute at Temple University School of Medicine. She is also a budding entrepreneur in the making, currently working as an independent consultant for a vegan health, wellness & beauty company while studying to get her real estate license.
Apart from being a theatrical & commercial actress who competed at IMTA New York, Susmitha has had the privilege of collaborating with incredibly talented designers in numerous shows abroad and along the east coast for acclaimed fashion weeks. She has trained at places with excellent teachers who have given her the proper guidance needed to succeed in her field, such as Margie Haber Studio, DG Acting Studio, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, The Actor’s Green Room, Upright Citizens Brigade and MN Acting Studio, just to name a few. As an agency represented bicoastal actress, who is currently with GEM Entertainment Group, WORK! Talent agency and The Savage Agency, Susmitha continues to pursue her dreams of being on the big screen passionately.
Pageants gave Susmitha the opportunity to step outside her comfort zone so she could discover her voice, build confidence, and feel good about the person looking back at her in the mirror. They gave her a chance to nurture her bold, bubbly personality, which stimulated her willingness to learn new things so that she could become a well-rounded individual with several, different outlets of self-expression. Some of the charity organizations she supports & volunteers for, are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House Charity, Human Rights Campaign and the Be a S.T.A.R. Alliance.
Susmitha plans to utilize her title to touch the lives of people not only in her community but to connect with those who are struggling to accept and address their mental health issues, by showing them that it is “okay” to ask for help in turn slowly breaking the stigma. She hopes to be a voice for all the precious souls lost to suicide, while comforting those who were left behind to pick up the pieces. Susmitha’s goal as Miss Jr. America is to encourage everyone to be the best version of themselves possible while inspiring the greatness within others to do the same.