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By: Dalia Ramadan, Grade 7 Language Arts Teacher
Magda is an easy kid to spot in the hallways of AISE Middle School. She is kind, helpful and mature beyond her years. Magda has been my student for two consecutive years and I have witnessed her growth from a shy middle-schooler to an assertive, ambitious young girl. Magda brings positivity to every class she walks into. She comes into class with a bright smile and a real desire to learn and grow as a person. For example, fo her independent reading project, Magda chose a self-help book about how to win friends and influence people, as she believed this would help her grow as a better friend and a better person. This conscious decision really showcases the strength of her character and her determination to always better herself.
In addition to her honest character and growth-mindset, Magda also has strong perseverance in the face of difficulties. She is a very talented artist and has won numerous art competitions between schools in Egypt. Her art is showcased around our hallways, yet behind this art is her persistence and strength in the face of difficulties. Ms. Betsy Knapp, our Middle School Art teacher can testify to Magda’s talent as an artist, as she has nurtured this growth for two years.
Magda is not just a bright, talented young girl but she is also very giving in her willingness to help her peers and those around her. I have witnessed the countless cupcakes she has baked for various events around the school.
Magda Azmy might still be only a young teenager, but she already has so much of what we try to instill in our students everyday: kindness, persistence, optimism, desire to learn, putting others first, honesty, strength of character, and a willingness to be your true self despite the pressure to conform. It’s no wonder that Magda was the recipient of The Robert Sills award, given in memory of Robert Sills, an educator who served as the treasurer of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS). The award is given to "exemplary middle school students who model the character traits that we value most in our students: persistence, a willingness to take risks, acceptance of other cultures and points of view, and a genuine interest in a sustained commitment to others."
We can’t think of a more deserving winner! Congratulations Magda!