Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, OR
Drawing has been a big part of my personality and my life, its how I make friends, how I relief stress, and how to interpret anger. I have been drawing since I was a child; I never took any art classes or any art programs, I got the talent from my mother. I usually draw what I see, what I want, what I cannot get, what i wish i was, and what i will never be. I was born in iraq, Baghdad , I was there when the war started. I have seen things, i have lost people, and I had to face death many times, art and drawing has helped me get over these things and move on to a batter place in my life. Coming to the United States, i had a culture shock, it was difficult for me to talk to others or make friends; however my drawings made people fascinated and interested and that helped me make many friends.
Last year I worked for a program called Digital, Connectors; this program is all about computers, computer programming and using them correctly. Digital Connectors lasted thirteen months and during that time I learn how to use different types of computer programs, how to assemble a computer so that it works properly and the different parts of a laptop and a computer and how they work. i also worked for a program called ASE Saturday academy during the summer, i had the chance to work at a lab for solar energy research. one of the projects i did there was the SHArK project; SHArK Solar Hydrogen Activity Research Kit, the kit's job is to create hydrogen using metal oxides and water. i got the chance to use several metal oxides like copper and zinc to test on this kit that's made out of legos.
during my sophomore year in high school I worked for a program called Digital Connectors; this program is all about computers, computer programming and using them correctly. Community service is also an important part of the program; that’s why I had to assemble a group of other students in the program that I lead, to go to a middle school and talked about the benefits of the Internet to the middle school students. Another time, I went to a homeless shelter on Christmas and served food to the homeless; we went there at eight in the morning and stayed there unit eleven at night.It was a very fun experience, i had the chance to speak to many interesting people and i also learned how important it it for people in a community to take care of each other. it also snowed at the end of the night.