The Sharmas: Indian(a) Heritage

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    Priyal Sharma, center, led the dancing during the Diwali party the Sharma family hosted at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Dale on Nov. 11. Dancing is one of Priyal’s favorite things. She has taken lessons in clogging, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz, tap, pointe and Bharatanatyam, a genre of Indian classical dance. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Brynn Schwartz, 14, left, Priyal Sharma, 14, Kelsea Skorge, 14, Jakob Rogier, 14, and Luke Ruckriegel, 15, all of Jasper, joked around at Jasper Strassenfest on Aug. 4. Priyal’s friends describe her as sassy and say that she’s the silly one of the group. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Priyal practiced dance at Dance Central Academy of Performing Arts with instructor Carolyn Randolph in Jasper on May 4. Priyal has been taking dance lessons since she was 8 years old. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Rina helped Priyal drape her sari before the Diwali party. Rina wore her sari in the Bengali style. Priyal wore hers in the Gujarati style, the area of India that Rina is from. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Priyal took drive-thru orders at Subway on the north side of Jasper on June 8. Priyal’s favorite job at Subway is the drive-thru because she gets to talk to the customers over the intercom and at the window. Priyal’s parents and grandparents own Subway stores. Priyal aspires to be a doctor like her sister, Payal. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Rina made roti, an Indian bread, at her Jasper home May 4. Cooking Indian food is one of the ways that Rina passes on her Indian culture to her daughters. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Priyal, Payal and their father, Pravez, ran along St. Charles Street in Jasper on June 2. As they ran, Pravez told his daughters about his experience running the Heartland Half Marathon. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Priyal embraced her friend Brynn Schwartz of Jasper, 14, as she wore a sari for the first time while Rina, left, tightened the blouse of the sari Lauren Verkamp, 14, borrowed to wear to the Sharma family’s Diwali party at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Dale on Nov. 11. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Pravez Sharma lit a paper lantern during the Diwali party. As they watched the paper lanterns soar into the sky, Rina and Pravez reminisced about the number of lanterns that were lit in India during Diwali celebrations. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Priyal and her sister, Payal, made a pineapple upside-down cake for their mother, Rina, in celebration of Mother’s Day on June 2. The two sisters say they rarely fight and attribute their close relationship to the 13-year age difference. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald