Celebrating Our 2017 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 26, the last day for seniors.
Graduating Senior:Zirwah Ahmad

Zirwah Ahmad

Parkville High School (Hereford Middle School)

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

My computer science teacher, Mr. Richardson, had a significant impact on me. He revealed that he refuses to shake a person's hand if he dislikes what they represent, in order to portray that he does not support them. This truly left an impression on me as I realized that we, in our daily life, do small things that do not depict what we believe in. Taking a stand for yourself can not only demonstrate confidence but also paint a picture of you and your beliefs.

Another reason he left such an impression on me is because he left a high paying job in the defense industry due to moral objections and started teaching instead. It taught me that ethics and personal interests are more important than financial obligations. All of us here at Parkville High School are blessed to have him as an educator.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

I am most proud of starting the first ever mental health club in my high school called Active Minds. I convinced the school counselors and administration for the need of a mental health organization and gained their support. It was particularly challenging to recruit people for a mental health awareness club, as many students, due to lack of knowledge, are not interested in the topic. I built a team of peers to serve as executive board members in order to plan and manage mental health awareness and outreach events. I also led a team effort to host the first annual Christmas De-Stress event during the winter exams, as well as the Spring De-Stress Fest, before the final exams. These festivals were immensely successful, and my team and I are very proud of these accomplishments.

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans immediately after graduation?

I plan to attend University of Maryland, College Park and study computer science there. I am very excited to begin my college journey. Go Terps!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in the STEM field, working with cutting edge technology in an effort to make a positive impact on the world.

“Zirwah is an amazing young woman. While her academics and commitment to being prepared for class are exceptional on their own, Zirwah’s character is what impresses me the most.  Not only is she self-motivated, she also motivates those around her to do better work and be better people.  She is one of the most responsible students I have ever had and just a good person in general.  The classroom is a happier, more welcoming place when she is present.”

Robert Richardson, AP Computer Science teacher

“Zirwah is a tremendously talented student who always shines. Her insights into American History helped the class consider new applications of vital ideas, for example whether President Jackson was a true ‘Hero of the People’ or an ‘Elitist Scoundrel.’ I have truly enjoyed having Zirwah as my aide during her senior year; I can always count on her to do a great job helping with the workload. Most importantly, though, Zirwah is determined to be the best she can be, and I know she will have a bright future in whatever endeavor she chooses.”

Donovan Bruns, AP US History Teacher

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