BY BOB HARRIS
Umme Mariam, a junior at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, is a highly respected student who is active in a plethora of teams, clubs and school organizations.
For the past three years, she has been involved—and served as secretary—in the school’s Student Organization, which functions as a student government and community service club.
She also serves on the school’s consultative council, which meets monthly with the school’s principal to discuss school matters of concern to students and the administration. She lends her talents to the Model United Nations Club, which is advised by Kevil Shult, and plays on the soccer team.
Mariam was voted Best Comedic Actor in the school’s “Sing 2016” performance.
As a member of the scholar’s organization under the tutelage of Pamela Fried, she has tutored at PS 18 every Thursday. Mariam also teaches the value of community involvement and government as part of the Junior Achievement program at PS 33 for two days in the spring.
She also participates as an editor of the journalism club, is in the National Honor Society and took the 21st Century Program at Queensborough Community College, where students get a feel for what it’s like to be taught by college faculty as well as earn high school and college credits. She is currently taking Advanced Placement biology and English literature at Martin Van Buren.
Mariam is thankful to her family, friends and teachers who support and inspire her. She has adopted as her mantra, “There are two ways of doing things, the easy way and the right way,” often stated, she said, by Brian Greenspan, the school’s coordinator of student affairs.
She is also inspired by her brother Abid Ali, who graduated from Martin Van Buren last year and is now in the Macaulay Honors Program at Baruch College.
Mariam aspires to have a career in medicine as a neurosurgeon, while working for the United Nations.