NHP Student Since: 2006 (5th Grade)
School subject: AP Chemistry
Musical artist: Mat Kearney
Movie: Pitch Perfect
TV show: The Lying Game
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is principled.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to watch movies.
The last book I read for fun was The Complete Works of O. Henry.
My dream vacation would be visiting Paris, France.
My pet peeve is people who talk during a movie at the theaters.
I get inspiration from contemporary artists.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose Batman.
If I had $100, I would go on a shopping spree.
So far, my top accomplishment is earning a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam.
College plans: Rice University.
Career goal: Financial Adviser.
Name: Simran Mainali
NHP Student Since: 8th
School subject: Math, English
Musical artist: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, One Direction
Movie: Dear John
TV show: The Lying Game
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is open minded.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to hang out with friends and family.
The last book I read for fun was Stay
My dream vacation would be going to Australia.
My pet peeve is when people don't have manners.
I get inspiration from my family and friends.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose Michelle Obama.
If I had $100, I would save it.
So far, my top accomplishment is being able to get over my fear of public speaking.
College plans: I plan to go to college to study physical therapy.
Career goal: physical therapist
Teacher quote: “Simran is always cheerful and has a smile on her face. She is thoughtful of others, very respectful, and always happy to tutor her peers.” Mary Butler, US Math Teacher
School subject: Algebra2.
Musical artist: Idon't have one in particular, but my favorite music genre is rap/hip hop.
Movie: The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler because it is superhilarious. TV show: White Collar because of the plot and suspense.
The quality ofthe learner profile that best describes me is inquirer because I will neverstop asking questions about anything.
When I’m not atschool or studying, I like to play basketball or play videogames. They relaxmy mind.
The last book Iread for fun was The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan.
My dreamvacation would be a beach house on an island in Hawaii.
My pet peeve is whenpeople look over my shoulder.
I getinspiration from my dad, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Neil Armstrong and anyoneelse that has made a huge impact on the world in the fields of technology orscience. Also Michael Jordan.
If I could havedinner with anyone, I’d choose Michael Jordan.
If I had $100, Iwould buy four hundred gumballs and sell them for fifty cents each. Then Iwould take the two hundred dollars, donate one hundred to a charity, and theother hundred to buy tickets to the Mavs game.
So far, my topaccomplishment is achieving the Eagle Scout rank.
College plans: MIT.
Career goal: Iwant to major in biomedical engineering, but I am sure that will change,however, MIT is open to all jobs involving STEM, so if I make it to thatcollege I know I will pick a good major.
“Sameer is an excellent student! He is responsible andhardworking. He is polite and respectful, ready to learn and always preparedfor class. Sameer sets a great example for other students. It is really apleasure to have Sameer in my class this year!” Carmen Luzardo, SpanishII Teacher
NHP Student Since: 6th grade
School subjects: Algebra and Chemistry.
Musical artist: I don’t really have one, but my favorite song is “Why this Kolaveri Di” by Dhanush
Movie: The Lion King, it’s the perfect blend between action and emotion.
TV show: Most everything on the science channel is good, but I particularly favor How it’s made, and Through the wormhole with Morgan Freeman.
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is a thinker.
When I’m not at school or studying, I would like to either watch a movie, or sketch in my book of ideas.
The last book I read for fun was Climate of Extremes – Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know by Patrick J. Michaels and Robert C. Balling.
My dream vacation would be to visit all of the ancient wonders of the world.
My pet peeve is when people either don’t try or don’t use their own brains.
I get inspiration from anyone who I believe have the qualities that I need to seek after. Steve Jobs for his innovative abilities, Mother Teresa for her caring attitude and Karl Marx for his problem-solving skills are all inspirational people. Though what Karl Marx came up with was communism, I still believe that he had good intentions, and that communism just hasn’t been implemented correctly.
If I could have dinner with anyone… it doesn’t matter as long as the food is nice and the person is able to talk with an open-mind and is civilized.
If I had $100 … I would create a budget, allocating each portion to different categories such as food, education, commodities and luxuries and spend accordingly. The remaining money I would donate, or save.
So far, my top accomplishment is - “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” - Vince Lombardi (Life is a roller coaster, there are too many accomplishments, and too many failures to even account for them, so I am neither proud nor sorry. Hence, I do not want to disclose my top accomplishment)
College plans: I would like to pursue a master’s at any of these colleges: Carnegie Mellon, Rice University, Duke University, UT Austin or Georgia Institute of Technology. I want to major in Biomedical engineering and minor in either mechanical or electronics engineering.
Career goal: I find it amusing at how people major in something that is completely different than their career path. I don’t want to do that and I will resort to being a biomedical engineer. Later on, I hope to patent ideas that will benefit mankind and reinvent their future.
Teacher quote: Really great student, great attitude and hardworking. He is always very caring and principled. Jeff Hurvitz, MYP World History
NHP Student Since: 1st grade! 2002!
School subject: Do I have to choose one? I can’t decide between Math, Physics, and French.
Musical artist: I don’t have a favorite artist… but A Cappella music has become one of my favorites (And Indiana University’s “Straight No Chaser” is fantastic)
Movie: Moulin Rouge hands down.
TV show: I am into so many shows right now… but I would have to choose “Happy Endings” on ABC. It’s hilarious.
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is balanced. With classwork, class officer duties, theatre, sports (both participating and managing), church, and social activities… I think I’ve been handling myself pretty well.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to… well, when I’m not at school (hardly ever), I am involved with my church’s youth group!
The last book I read for fun was Amazing Grace, by Jonathon Kozol. I technically had to read it for English but I enjoyed it so much.
My dream vacation would be to Paris so I can finally start using some of my French. Senior Trip 2014!
My pet peeve is when people assume things about me based on some of my qualities. It really takes away from someone getting to know me.
I get inspiration from anyone that chooses to follow his dreams. I think it is one of the greatest things a person can do with his life.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose my late grandfather. I never got the chance to meet him and I’ve only heard great things about him.
If I had $100, I would use it to pay for college apps next year. How exciting...
So far, my top accomplishment is becoming President of the Class of 2014. It had been my dream for the longest time and I am so excited to have this opportunity to provide for my peers.
College plans: I would love to go somewhere in the Northeast. Boston University, NYU, Georgetown… I can’t really decide on one just yet. I also don’t have a major planned for, but that’s another story…
"Jerry is an incredible young man. I cannot say enough great things about him. He is ambitious and enthusiastic. What inspires me about Jerry is that he somehow finds the time to do everything (almost) that he wants to do. He is not only dedicated to his studies, but also his extracurricular activities, on and off campus. His work as Class President has been a wonderful example for future presidents. What makes Jerry even more special, is that he does all of this and still maintains his relationships with friends. He is just a well-balanced guy and I can’t imagine this school without him.” – Ms. McCombs
NHP Student Since: 6th
School subject: History
Musical artist: Bruno Mars
Movie: The Dark Knight
TV show: How I Met Your Mother
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is balanced.
When I’m not atschool or studying, I like to hang out with friends.
The last book I read for fun was Life of Pi.
My dream vacation would be to visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
My pet peeve is when people show up late.
I get inspiration from Steve Jobs.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose Rowan Atkinson.
If I had $100, I would save it for later.
So far, my top accomplishment is managing MAL, a collegiate level conference that will take place in Houston this upcoming week.
College plans: I plan to stay somewhere nearby, most likely UTD.
Career goal: I plan to get a terminal degree in Public Affairs, maybe a MPA/JD degree.
“Naumaan Hassan as the senior of recognition. He has become a brilliant manager and an committed student to his extracurricular activities while meeting high academic expectations. In fact, not only can I see him earning a MPA degree in no time, he is made for consultancy, management, and never ever forgets to follow through without reminders. What I love best is that he is willing to do this for the non-profit world and especially our Model Arab League team that could not be attending this conference without his help and organization. Deeds of global citizenship are expensive and Naumaan will be the one doing the hard work one day—finding a way to pay for the improvement of people's lives all over the world. He impresses me on a daily basis.” Anna Sifford, IB History of the Americas teacher.
Name: Divya Pattathil
NHP StudentSince:1st grade
School subject: English
Musical artist: One Direction!!!!
Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is caring.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to listen to music, watch TV, and hang out with friends.
The last book I read for fun was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
My dream vacation would be a seven-day Alaskan cruise.
My pet peeve is people who lie for no reason.
I get inspiration from my family.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose One Direction and J.K. Rowling.
If I had $100, I would buy clothes and shoes, and if I had any money left, I would save it.
So far, my top accomplishment is getting national recognition from Duke Tip in 7th grade.
College plans:I don't really have a set-out plan yet, but I would love to go to Rice University because it's pretty famous and the campus is really pretty.
Career goal:I'd like to be a journalist since I love writing.
TEACHER QUOTE: “Divya, not only makes amazing grades, she is a leader as well. She is currently the Student of the Month for her class as well as one of the Presidents for the Real World Project. Her group has worked very well together and I know it’s due to her awesomeness as a leader”
Name: Jackson Farley
NHP Student Since: 2010-2011
School subject: Chemistry
Musical artist: Maroon 5
Movie: The Road to El Dorado
TV show: 90210
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is thinker because I like to exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to create artwork, delve into my interests in photography and web design.
The last book I read for fun was Emma by Jane Austen.
My dream vacation would be to go back packing through Europe for a year and get a chance to go to European as well as Asian countries and explore their cultures and of course their traditional foods.
My pet peeve is people who do not close their mouths when they eat or they smack.
I get inspiration from the people around me that work hard and earn their rewards as well as my teachers because it inspires me to be that dedicated and my teachers help me to raise the bar higher every day.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose it would be Winston Churchill, hands down because he was an amazing man and military leader in a time of great need.
If I had $100, I would buy food from as many different countries as I could and try it all.
So far, my top accomplishment is an award for English that I received in the tenth grade, not because it was the most amazing thing I have ever done but because I received it out of working for something I loved. I didn’t purposely have to meet some sort of criterion, just doing what I do in class and the effort I put in was rewarded and I felt appreciated for being me.
College plans: It has been a life-long dream to get into to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Career goal: I will be a cardiac surgeon.
Teacher quote: “I can’t help but smile when I see Zainab. She is enthusiastic and has an exceptionally positive attitude. I am so glad to know her!” Kelly McCombs, Class of 2014 Sponsor.
Name: Tania Karim
NHP Student Since:2008
School subject: ForensicScience and Psychology
Musical artist: Justin Bieber
Movie: Good Burger
TV show:The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is being a communicator and being balanced.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to spend time with family.
The last book I read for fun was Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started by Justin Bieber
My dream vacation would be to go to Ireland or Australia.
My pet peeve is bad table manners.
I get inspiration from my dad and mom.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose Oprah Winfrey.
If I had $100, I would buy new shoes.
So far, my top accomplishment is being the best daughter and best sister for my family.
College plans: staying local; hopefully heading to University of North Texas at Denton
Career goal: Business major; marketing my own business
TeacherQuote: Tania is fearless, compassionate, sincere and wildly entertaining! Her approach to life is one of curiosity and fascination. If she doesn’t understand something she asks questions until she does…and it never takes long. She believes in being open to other people’s perspectives but can still intelligently defend her beliefs with fire and conviction. She works tirelessly in all aspects of her life but you never hear her complain. Instead, she greets you with a smile, takes ownership of her responsibilities and keeps moving forward. I am grateful to have known her for three+ years and look forward to seeing the powerful young woman she becomes. –Katie Biela, TOK Teacher
NHP Student Since:1st Grade
School subject:English, Theatre,
Musical artist:The Script,
Safteysuit, Coldplay, The Cab
and The Social Network
The quality of the learner profile
that best describes me is Open Minded.
When I’m not at school or studying,
I'm a NHP Student! That's all I do! (Just Kidding!) I like to read (books and
comic books), write fan fictions, act, talk to Magnolia on Skype, run
track/cross country and go on Tumblr.
The last book I read for fun was Under
the Red Hood, and Never Let Me Go.
My dream vacation would be a place
where fictional characters are real.
My pet peeve is people who shove
their opinions or beliefs down your throat. I love to debate, but let's keep it
I get inspiration from music, my
parents and superheroes! I want to help people like they do!
If I could have dinner with anyone,
I’d choose my mom's family. Italian family dinners are the best! Or...Robin
and Kid Flash.... and Mathew Perry! (Hey!You said anyone!)
If I had $100, I would pay back
Katie Yip for feeding me after Cross Country Morning Practice.
So far, my top accomplishment is that
I've survived this far! I count it as an accomplishment! Winning best play and
best actress for One Act Play in 8th grade.
College plans:Yale is my dream
Career goal:Something with public
Teacher quote: “Ava is one
of those students who lights up a classroom. She is always involved in
something going on at school, be it a play or a small group activity, and she
is excited about it. That is very compelling.” Fran Flath, 9th
Name: Riya Ganji
NHP Student Since: 2008 (6thgrade)
Musical artist:Adele Adkins
Movie:Toy Story 3
TV show:The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is either
principled or thinker.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to sing or read
The last book I read for fun was The Mark of Athena.
My dream vacation would be to go around the whole world!
My pet peeve is selfish and/or disrespectful people.
I get inspiration from strong and independent women.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose Oprah
If I had $100, I would save it.
So far, my top accomplishment is being myself around
College plans:I’d love to go to Rice University or SMU
for undergrad. I plan to get a doctorate degree.
Career goal:As of now, I’d like to be an OB/GYN for a few
years and then go to a poor country and give free treatment to those who can’t
Name: Kaamil Mitha
NHPStudent Since: 1st Grade
Musicalartist: Coldplay or Passion Pit
Movie: The Dark Night
TV show:The League
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is Open-Minded.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to watch TV.
The lastbook I read for fun was The Great Gatsby.
My dream vacation would be kayaking in Costa Rica.
My pet peeve is bad drivers.
I get inspiration from everyone.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose Mila Kunis.
If I had $100, I would put it in my savings account.
So far, my top accomplishment is Eagle Scout.
College plans: UC Berkeley or Baylor University.
Career goal: Physical Therapist.
Teacher quote: “There might be another student who is more polite and respectful, but I haven’t met him.” Scott Ivy, AP US History teacher
This week’s Student Spotlight is Mikayla Garvey. She is currently a 12th grader and has been a student at NHP since 6th grade.
School subject: IB French and IB English
Musical artist: Sigur Rós, Radiohead, and The Black Keys
Movie: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet
TV show: How I Met Your Mother, Sherlock (BBC), Futurama
The quality of the learner profile that best describes me is: Open minded.
When I’m not at school or studying, I like to: rollerblade, read, sleep, and draw.
The last book I read for fun was: The Sensible Thing by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
My dream vacation would be: Cape Town, South Africa.
My pet peeve is: People that disrupt class incessantly. And Styrofoam.
I get inspiration from: Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes and Oprah.
If I could have dinner with anyone, I’d choose: Condoleezza Rice.
If I had $100, I would: Donate to St. Jude’s and Susan G.Komen.
So far, my top accomplishment is: Achieving Lead Attorney of the Prosecution atIrving’s Teen Court program.
College plans: I would like to study International Business and French at The University of Dallas.
Career goal: Graduate from law school and practice immigration and litigation law.
Teacher quote: “Mikayla is cheerful, respectful, and always willing to help. She truly cares about her fellow students and strives to make NHP a better place.” Nicolau Pereira, Spanish and IB French teacher.
I've attended North Hills Prep since 6th grade and it has truly been a great experience. After witnessing two older siblings graduate from this school, I decided that if they succeeded at NHP, then I should too. I consider myself privileged to be taught by many great teachers who inspire me to succeed every day. North Hills Prep has taught me how important it is to work hard for your goals and why success is important during my time in school and in the future. I have the pleasure to be part of the Varsity Tennis team and be part of the success that its had for many years. Coming from a family of sports enthusiasts and a father who represented Team Canada, Cricket is very close to my heart. Having played the sport my entire life it is now a true honor to play alongside current USA Players and have the opportunity compete against other nations. My dream is to one day represent my country in the World Cup andhopefully bring the trophy back home!