Lama Zaioor, 17, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s September Students of the Month. Her parents are Hussein Zaioor and Balsam Kanaan; her sisters are Yara Zaioor, 18, and Doenya, 10.
Favorite class: AP biology, because it was when I was taking that class that I realized I wanted to be a biology major. I am really enjoying AP literature and it has become one of my all-time favorite classes.
Least-favorite class: P.E., which I had to take only once, but I hated having to get dressed in 5 minutes and then rush to class afterward all sweaty and tired.
Favorite teacher: It is impossible to pick just one, so here’s three: Heather Johnson, accelerated English 2; Nicole Schlemmer, AP biology; and Alexis Rivera, AP calculus BC. I have known all of these teachers for multiple years and because they have always believed that I can achieve anything I work for, they have helped me grow both as a student and a person.
School activities in which you participate: President of Key Club, president of French Club, president of Young Doctor’s League, team captain for Varsity Scholastic Bowl, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, Movement Club, co-president of Science Club, Service Learning, soccer, SHS Mentor, National Honor Society.
Civic, church, volunteer or other activities in which you participate: Front-desk volunteer at CGH Medical Center, and I was enrolled in an Arabic Saturday School in Villa Park for the past 3 years. I also write for Affinity Magazine.
How would you describe your group of friends? They are a lot like chocolate covered pretzels: very sweet but also salty.
What will you do after high school? Attend Loyola University Chicago and double major in biology and Arabic, while taking pre-med classes.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you will never use? Calculus (sorry, Mr. Rivera).
What kind of music are you listening to? Alternative rock, but also some modern folk.
Is there a celebrity whom you look like/act like/feel like? Even before I met her at the age of 12, I have always felt connected to and admired Zendaya for her class and social activism.
What’s the one thing in your life you can’t do without? My family.
What is your advice for surviving high school? The number one priority is learning – everything else will come naturally.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Probably the student population, because the more, the merrier!
What scares you? Bad dreams, because I have no control over them.
What’s something about you that nobody knows? I am a very individual person. Working in a group is nice from time to time, but for the most part I feel that I work best when I am on my own.
If you could try any job for a day, what would it be? A food critic, of course!
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I would go to Italy. I have always been fascinated by the history of the Latin language. I also want to ride the gondolas and visit the Colosseum.
What is a good book you read recently? “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, which is a military treatise, but I liked it because it truly can be applied to everyday life.
What is your proudest moment? When my articles receive recognition by important figures in the media.
Who is your hero/role model? My mom, because she finds a solution to every problem.
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? Hopefully, I will be out of medical school and ready to settle down.
Is there anything else you would want people to know about you? John Milton once wrote that “The mind is its own place, and in itself it can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” I try to remind myself of that often so that I can make the best out of any situation and be content with wherever I am at in life.
Shout out to: My parents, because without their influence I would not have been able to achieve everything that I pride myself on today.
What is your favorite ...
Food? Steak and potatoes
Game or activity? Reading
Movie? “Bridge to Terabithia”
TV show? “The Lead with Jake Tapper”
Sports team? Real Madrid