Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.
R.A. Long High School: Intent on STEM
R.A. Long grad Hamzah Amjad
From Hamzah Amjad’s perspective, having technology isn’t enough.
“It can be used to solve most of the world’s problems,” he said. “We just haven’t yet figured out how to help people who need it.”
Hamzah is preparing to do just that. In April, he was among 49 Washington high school seniors—one from each legislative district—who signed letters of intent to pursue careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In September, he will begin engineering studies at the University of Washington.
“I like things that manifest into real-life scenarios,” he said, describing how his calculus and AP statistics classes helped him see real-world applications for theoretical material.
Hamzah points to medicines that are designed to cure cancer but perhaps aren’t used in the most efficient way. And he mused about artificial intelligence in cars—couldn’t it be used to prevent vehicle accidents?
His teachers anticipate he will make a difference.
“Hamzah is a phenomenal person who is always ‘on his game,’ and he carries himself with a humility that people are drawn to,” said math teacher Paul Jeffries. “He is committed to his future and will be successful, because he doesn’t know how else to be.”
Next steps: Study engineering at University of Washington.
Advice for younger students: “Everyone’s different, so you have to find your own way … but ask for help if you need it.”
Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez.
Click here to read about Mark Morris graduate Becky Grubbs.
Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.