Meadowdale High School’s Students of the Month for November are Angela Nguyen and Isaiah Barhoum.
Student Name: Angela Nguyen
Mother’s Name: Kimchi Truong
Father’s Name: Adam Quang Nguyen
Clubs & Activities: Drama Club; Production Manager: Meadowdale Mav News, 2011-Present; ASB: President, 2013-Present,Treasurer, 2012-2013, Senator, 2010-2012
Athletics: Four years varsity track; State Qualifier for 100 high hurdles, 2013
Honors: Eight AP classes in the course of high school
Awards: Best Actress, Meadowdale Players May, 2013; Emmy Nominee in TV Arts and Sciences April, 2012; Youth Merit Award; RYLA Scholar Recipient
Community Service: Food drives, volunteering with Vietnamese Community and Vicinity of Seattle events.
Culminating Project: Food Drive in March called Munch Madness (same concept as NCAA’s March Madness but with donations).
Current Employment: Occasionally work at family business Speedway Collision Center.
Future Educational Goals: Get a bachelor’s degree in communications and sociology at Washington State University.
Future Career Goals: Anchor at KIRO 7 or King 5 News (although I will go in whatever direction the waves of life pull me).
Anything else we should know? I’m the youngest of three kids. My birthday’s in September, so I’m younger than most seniors. I’m Left-handed. I enjoy life very much. Editing videos, learning people’s stories, and loving all are my specialties. I’ve been a proud Maverick for four years and am thankful I was given the chance to lead my school to better leave my legacy at MHS.
Student Name: Isaiah Barhoum
Mother’s name: April Nowak
Father’s Name: Erek Barhoum
Clubs and Activities: For two of the three years I was a Link Crew coordinator. I spent an extra 10 hours training so I could train my peers in the organization; I was a small group leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at my school. I led discussions about Christianity every Thursday lunch. I was inducted into the National Honor Society during spring of my sophomore year. I have lettered in football for three years and been a captain for two years. I have played quarterback, fullback, and linebacker along with multiple special teams. I have made football into more than a hobby. I take pride in my team and spend hundreds of hours training with them during the off-season. I ran the 100-meter dash in 2012 but participated mainly to stay in shape for football and to seek training on my running form. My math teacher chose me this year as his student of the month because of my hard work throughout the year. I also was chosen as athlete of the month for November after being nominated by my coach and voted on by booster club members at MHS. I served as Cedar Park Elementary Chess Club coach in 2011. I occasionally helped teach the kids different strategies but I would spend the majority of my time managing their behavior. I saw this as a time to positively impact a large number of young kids and I used every moment to teach them as much as I could for a year; I was a one-on-one mentor at Lynndale Elementary School in 2012. I spent time with a particular kid in the at-risk program twice a week because the principal believed that he had the potential to be in regular courses. I was able to get him into regular courses within three months. I consider this my biggest accomplishment because I had a direct impact on this young man’s future. Fifth grade camp counselor: I managed the kids’ behavior and lead them through different activities. This was not only influential for the kids but it was fun for me. I enjoyed every second with them and tried to teach them as much as I could along the way. For two years, I volunteered for Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s “Day of Caring”. I gave out presents to families who were not able to afford their own. This was a humbling experience for me and I wish to do it again this Christmas. In 2011-12, I was a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission. I was a part of a group that handed out food to the homeless. This was another humbling experience that showed me how lucky I am to have food on my table. I was physical fitness station coordinator at Seattle Urban Games. I managed the tug-of-war station at the Seattle Urban Games while kids went from station to station. This event taught me how to manage large groups of people at a chaotic event. It was a good experience to have and I am glad I was able to provide the kids with a source of exercise and fun. In 2011, I helped raise more than $10,000 in cash and donations for Seattle Tree House’s “Ruby Room” and “Prom Closet.” I was part of a team that raised this cash and donations; Also this year, I raised more than $300 in cash donations towards taking 100-plus Foster families to a private screening of “Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire.” I spent time making a pitch to say to different business owners and asked them for sponsorships or donations.
Culminating Project: Financial Manager of “Unmasked” art and literature magazine
Current Employment: I work at Karmichaels Auto Salon as a car detailer. I have worked 15-30 hours a week for eight months.
Future Educational Goals: Attend a four-year university and get a degree in finance.
Future Career Goals: Work in the field of finance and possibly become a financial advisor and open my own firm.