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Deering Senior Recognized for Accomplishments

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Deering Senior Recognized for Accomplishments
Posted on 10/21/2015
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Deering High School senior Salim Salim will be giving a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk this November in which he will be discussing topics around the significance of taking risks.

Salim, who is Deering’s student body president, was recognized for his leadership and other accomplishments by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Portland  Superintendent Jeanne Crocker at the board’s Oct. 20 meeting.

Crocker gave the board the following description of what makes Salim stand out:

He enrolled in Portland Public Schools as a sixth grader and now is a senior at Deering High School. During the summer after his freshman year, he attended the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, which helped him acquire many leadership skills such as facilitation, mediation and public speaking. Salim uses these skills to better himself as an individual, and also to better his community. Tim Wilson, a co-founder of Seeds of Peace, became one of his biggest inspirations.

Salim has worked with a good friend of his, Pious Ali, who is now a member of the Portland school board, on building strong connections with youth community members in the city of Portland and beyond. Salim is currently involved in education reform programs supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering student-centered education.

One of Salim's biggest strengths is maximizing his potential as an individual to build and enrich his knowledge and to continue to learn even outside of the school environment. Salim understands the importance of taking risks and the rewards that can bring.

Photo caption: Pictured (from left) are Interim Portland Superintendent Jeanne Crocker; DHS senior Salim Salim; and Portland Board of Public Education Chair Sarah Thompson.