The Encino Chamber of Commerce, along with Councilman Paul Koretz and representatives of Rep. Brad Sherman and State Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, presented certificates acknowledging the community contributions of the Encino Kumon Learning Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.
Clara Lu Tripathi, director of the Encino Kumon Center, and Amit Tripathi, her business partner, celebrated Encino Kumon’s 18 years in the community with a move to a larger office in the Encino Town Center complex.
Leon Woods, chamber member and vice president of Grandpoint Bank, praised Tripathi for her outstanding work in education at Kumon.
Chamber CEO Diana Donovan presented certificates on behalf of the United Chambers of Commerce, while Vahid Khorsand, chamber president-elect, presented the chamber’s certificate to the Tripathis.
Matt Margolis, constituent services representative of Congressman Brad Sherman, presented to the Tripathis a U.S. flag that was flown over the United States Capitol, as well as a certificate acknowledging Kumon's service to the community.
Clara Lu Tripathi shared a couple of Encino Kumon success stories. She told the attendees about a former middle school student of hers who was selected to represent the United States in a math competition among 25 countries. At the competition, students from the other countries learned that the girl was two years younger than everyone else.
“No wonder the U.S. is the number one country in the world!” Tripathi paraphrased, on what the international students were thinking. “Look at this! A sixth-grader beat out all the eighth-graders in the rest of the world!”
Tripathi then told the attendees that Kumon was “thrilled” by the news, and mentioned the girl’s achievements on the Kumon Facebook page and in their brochures.
“And because of her, I got to be famous because they mentioned that’s my student!” Tripathi said.
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