School: Capital High School.
Parents or guardians: Bassam and Verena Coury.
Best personal achievement: Maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average throughout full International Baccalaureate classes and being crowned 52nd Capital Lakefair queen.
How I spend my time: Time, what time? After school I can be found practicing cello or piano, studying, lifeguarding at The Evergreen State College, on Facebook, or volunteering for Lakefair events. Typically, I spend my weekends at debate tournaments, but those miraculous free ones I spend reading poetry, swimming, or wandering the great outdoors.
Favorite subjects: Calculus, history, English, chemistry, German, theory of knowledge, wait, did I just list all my classes?
Favorite movie: “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
Favorite book: “Duino Elegies” by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Dream job: Interventional radiologist.
Someone I respect: Bruce Newman, a former teacher.
The hardest part of being a student is: Pressure. Peer pressure to pursue certain activities and relationships. Teacher pressure from homework and tests; each thinks their class is the only one you have. Parental pressure to become super humans with high expectations.
My ambitions or career aspirations include: Attending a prestigious college on the East Coast and double majoring in biological sciences and pre-law.
Someone famous I would like to meet: Julian Assange and Pope Benedict XVI.
Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “You kids have it so easy.”
Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Becoming an individual. I believe most teenagers are under the impression that being “weird” makes you stand out; however, being exceptional, dedicated, and confident is what makes you truly different.
One thing in the world I would change if I could: The three big “E’s”: the economy, education and environment.