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A Step Above 2017 Adil Bhatti It takes a village to raise a child, something Coronado High School senior Adil Bhatti has experienced on a very personal level. Drawing from the grit and perseverance of an immigrant community striving to achieve the American Dream through hard work and a blending of cultures, Adil has garnered incredible insight into just what it takes to succeed in both life and career. He’s learned that gratitude, hard work, passion and ambition all come into play, but it’s his compassion, friendship to others and desire to do what’s right not only for himself, but for those who need it most that make Adil Bhatti – A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.727 Clubs/Activities: • Founder of Bio Olympiad Club, 2017 • Science Bowl Team, 2015-2017 • Speech and Debate: Public Forum Debate Captain, 2016-2017 • Muslim Student Association, 2013-2017; President, 2016-2017 • Future Medical Professionals, 2013-2017; Treasurer, 2016-2017 • LEO Club, 2013-2015 • National Honor Society, 2015-2017 • Science Bowl, 2015-2017 • Varsity Quiz, 2015-2017 Scholarships/Awards/Community Service: • National Merit Commended Scholar, 2016 • Semifinalist at Varsity Public Forum County District Debate Tournament, 2105 & 2016 • Third Place at Varsity Public Forum County Debate Tournament, 2016 • Member of Varsity Quiz State Championship Team, 2016 • Nevada Boys’ State Senator and City Party Chairman, 2016 • Volunteered at Applied Ecology Research Lab, UNLV, 2016 • Arabic reading instructor at Masjid-e-Tawheed Mosque, 2013-2015 • St Rose. Siena Hospital Volunteer, 2013-2017 • Day of Dignity Volunteer, 2016-2017 • St. Rose Toy Drive Volunteer, 2015-2016 • United Blood Services Blood Drive, 2014-2017 • Iron Man Triathlon Volunteer, 2013-2015 You’ve been busy during high school. What are your proudest accomplishments? I am most proud of founding the Biology Olympiad at my school and placing third in the County Debate Tournament for Varsity Public Forum. Founding the Biology Olympiad took a focused effort to contact directors and administrators and showed that I was able to bring the exam to my school so that current and future students could benefit for years to come. Placing third in the County Debate Tournament was a culmina- tion of not only me as a debater, but me as a person. It showed how I had come from being a nervous, young individual, to a confident person who could articulate my thoughts and opinions. What makes you successf ul? I think my willingness to help others, perseverance, and determination ultimately make me successful. Although I have not accomplished as much as I would like to, I know that my ambition and passion to learn will carry me to greater heights. My compassion and empathy for others also constantly reminds me to keep moving forward in pursuit of a better life for myself and those around me. April/May 2017 As an immigrant to the United States you’ve had many experiences along the way. How has this molded you as a person? The most interesting part of my transition to America was that our new community was made up of immigrants. This sphere of influence contained people who shared the same struggle of trying to integrate into a new culture while attempting to hold on to parts of the past. After a grueling day, the working men and women on my block would simply smile and reassure us all that better days were ahead if we simply embodied their grit. Whether it was the Ethiopian nurse a few doors down - who comforted me when I tore my Achilles tendon in backyard basketball - or the Ukrainian poet a short walk away - who taught me to see the world just a little bit differently - someone in my community was always there for me. Having people in my life that encountered similar challenges brought me solace and enabled me to hurdle obstacles with my head held high, a smile on my face, and a determination to achieve my dreams, just like immigrants in my community. 57