Foreign exchange student from Jordan stands behind a podium after being inducted into the National Honor Society
Ghalia’s advisor proudly poses with the new NHS inductee.

Rising to the Top

When Ghalia arrived, school had already been in session for almost a month. Everyone, including Ghalia, was concerned that she was going to have quite a bit of catching up to her American classmates at Oak Mountain High School, named by The Washington Post as Alabama’s fourth most challenging school.

With some convincing, she was allowed to take Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Honors Chemistry, U.S. History, French 2, Physics, and one elective: Theater. These would allow her to continue on to the next grade back in Jordan.

In addition to this heavy workload, Ghalia took part in a very active cluster of State Department scholarship students. Just a week after her arrival, she and other students in her cluster prepared and held speeches for the Alabama Chapter of the United Nations Association. Ghalia eagerly accepted every challenge this year, and her efforts paid off. Recently, she was inducted into the National Honor Society, which honors students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. We are excited to see what the future holds for Ghalia—with all of her hard work and dedication, she is sure to do great things!

—Rebecca Kinney (AL), PAX community coordinator