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Nederland

June 3, 2014

Marediya to lead NHS class

NEDERLAND — Zaineb Marediya is ready to embrace her future.

The Nederland High School valedictorian, 18, earned a 4.0 grade point average and plans to head to the University of Texas at Austin to major in biology and began a career as a pathologist.

She remembers a day, in 10th grade while participating in the Nightingale Experience at Christus Hospital-St. Mary, that she knew what her career path would be.

“It was the last day and at the end we went through the pathology lab. There were some tri-fold display boards — I saw those and knew this was it,” Marediya said.

Marediya draws her inspiration from her parents.

“I must say that my parents are my biggest inspiration for doing well academically. Not only have they encouraged me to set high academic goals for myself, but they have endlessly supported me,” Marediya said. “However the reason that they are my inspiration is because being immigrants, they both have sacrificed a lot in their life to see my siblings and I attain a proper education and success in this country. From leaving their friends and family behind on the other side of the world in India to coming to America and building a life from scratch, I admire everything that my parents have done to help e reach this position of valedictorian. I know that I possibly could not have done this without them.”

The soon-to-be-graduate said she did not set out to be the top of her class but had set out to make good grades. It became her goal to be the best when she learned she was the highest ranking freshman in her class.

Physics, both Pre-AP and AP, is the course that gave Marediya the most difficulty, she said.

“Both courses managed to mentally drain me in the course of two years. Physics was by far the most challenging course I have encountered at Nederland High School, so much so that I attempted to drop AP physics from my course load,” she said. “However, Mr. Henderson was very good about working with his students, and he definitely did a lot to encourage me to finish his class. I must say that I am glad I stuck with it because it gave me a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction.”

Marediya is the daughter of Zulfikarali and Zarinaben Marediya. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, student council, terrific Nederland Teens, Renaissance Club, University Interscholastic League academics, Spanish Club and Get Grounded.

Her non-school related civic and social involvement include: Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering, BREC Saturday and Weekday Teachers, BREC Student Council, Excite Summer Reading Program.

The NHS salutatorian is Hannah Ross. She is the daughter of Allison and Kevin Ross.

Ross earned a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, student council, terrific Nederland Teens, Renaissance Club, University Interscholastic League academics and Spanish Club.

Ross is also active at St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland. Her hobbies include dance and art.

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