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Rotary Club Youth Service Award Goes to PHS Senior

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Rotary Club Youth Service Award Goes to PHS Senior
Posted on 10/21/2015
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Maryam Abdullah, a Portland High School senior, is the recipient of  a Rotary Club Youth Service Award  for her commitment to community service.

Abdullah was recognized for her win by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Portland Superintendent Jeanne Crocker at the board’s meeting on Oct. 20.

Crocker shared with the board the following description of Maryam’s accomplishments:

Maryam, originally from Iraq, came to the United States in sixth grade. She started high school taking English language learner classes and has made amazing academic progress. As a senior, she is now enrolled in three Advanced Placement classes (calculus, psychology and art), honors English, college prep physics, and a class called “Interpretation as a Career.” Her class schedule serves as evidence of Maryam’s strong work ethic and dedication to scholastic achievement, which also earned her induction into the National Honor Society last year. Maryam has also been recognized for her artistic abilities and talents and was selected this past summer to attend the Maine College of Art Pre-College Institute. Her artwork adorns PHS walls.

She has been active in a number of school clubs, including Civil Rights, Global Girls, Outdoor, Environmental and Art and in several leadership programs such as 4-H, Bright Future, Ripple Effect and Youth Engagement Partners, which attempts to engage underrepresented youth. Maryam has volunteered at the 4-H camp, with Partners for World Health, at the Ronald McDonald House, with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and with Youth Court.

Maryam is interested in a career in engineering and/or animation, and her top college choices are Northeastern University and Smith College.

An impressive individual who appreciates the support and efforts of others on her behalf, Maryam displays a “pay-it-forward” attitude by serving as a positive role model and by advocating for her peers in terms of academics and other opportunities outside of the classroom. She demonstrates self-confidence and empowerment and epitomizes what can be achieved when one sets one's mind to the task at hand. 

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