Please read about this week’s The Know You Project Students of the Week for Dec. 25.
The Know You Project’s Student of the Week highlights accomplishments by the city’s outstanding high school students.
Each week, one student from each high school is chosen by their principal to be featured for achievements including citizenship, volunteerism, leadership, academics and much more.Ã‚Â
Brentwood Academy did not name a Student of the Week due to exam schedule.
Brentwood High School – Eliza Rowe
Brentwood High School junior Eliza Rowe is a multidimensional student with dreams of becoming a doctor.
Participating in Science National Honors Society, Girls Raised in Tennessee Science, lacrosse, church and Mu Alpha Theta, Eliza has shown she has a multifaceted set of skills.
Eliza’s favorite class is Ashley Seth’s AP biology class.
“Mrs. Seth does a great job at explaining the concepts,” Eliza said. “It’s challenging, but extremely fascinating.”
Eliza looks up to her sister Sydney.
“Sydney is my role model because she’s always nice and kind to everyone,” Eliza said.
Following high school, Eliza hopes to attend Brigham Young University, where she can study to become a plastic surgeon. She would like to use her degree to help treat people with birth defects, deformities and burn victims.
Eliza’s parents are Kelly and David Rowe.
Ravenwood High School – Khadija Ali Amghaiab
Khadija Ali Amghaiab is a senior at Ravenwood High School. She hopes to study international relations and pursue a career in international law or the United Nations. Her top choice in school is George Washington University.
Khadija has been honored with Principal’s List Honor Roll, the Academic Achievement Award for Visual Arts, and Model UN YMCA-CCE Outstanding Research Award (2010). She is also an AP Scholar and a MUN International Court Justice in 2013.
At Ravenwood, Khadija is a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Model UN, New Feminism Club, Art Club, Muslim Youth Network of TN and Habitat for Humanity. She also volunteers at Kenrose Elementary School.
Amy Surdacki, Social Studies teacher at RHS, describes Khadija Ali as “an extremely personable and intellectually curious student. She goes out of her way to listen to public radio, discuss current events and help other students.”
Khadija Ali had Mrs. Surdacki freshman year for world history honors and again this year for AP economics.
“Outside of class Mrs. Surdacki has taught me so much about politics and international issues and in turn, allowed me to foster my current passion for international relations and greater understanding of the world’s cultures,” Khadija Ali said.
Khadija Ali said Madeleine Albright is her role model.
“Her early life ambitions and the way she grew up are things that I identify with. She was the daughter of a Czechoslovakian immigrant and grew up in the United State and was still able to build an admirable and successful career in politics. Being a daughter of two immigrants, the story of her success gives me hope that I too could advance, to some extent the way she did,” she said.
Khadija Ali is passionate about making education more accessible to girls and young women that are oppressed and /or trafficked.
“Human trafficking is a worldwide pandemic that continues to inhibit the advancement of impoverished women,” Khadija Ali said.
Words Khadija Ali uses to describe herself are “passionate” and “ambitious.”
Khadija Ali is the daughter of Naeima Beseikri and Fathi Ali Amghaiab.