Pakistani-American Girl Is a True Achiever
By Ras H. Siddiqui

The Pakistani- and Muslim-American community in the Sacramento, California region is very proud of its youth, and especially so of young Tanya Syed of Roseville.
Tanya has achieved a great deal at the age of fifteen. She has just graduated with many honors from Wood Creek High School in Placer County including being its youngest Valedictorian ever. Being a fifteen-year old Valedictorian in a graduating class of seventeen to eighteen year olds is quite a feat. Her Principal at the awards ceremony had this to say about her, “…here is a young lady who broke every mold since she came to this school…”
Tanya won the President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence Award (from US President and Secretary of Education), the Bank of America Achievement Plaque for Science & Math, the SLC award for Environmental Science, the US Air Force award for Math and Science, the Kevin Chang D.D.S. Foundation Scholarship and the Bill Santucci-Ted Gaines Scholarship.
Being accepted to a college, to one of its pre-medical programs, and being one of only 30 students from the entire country to make it there, is a remarkable achievement. And even more remarkable is the fact that she will be starting at USC right around her sixteenth birthday. And she has already earned herself a future spot in its medical school with this special program.
Tanya is the daughter of Naeem and Durriya Syed of Roseville and along with her brother Zaki, is a member of a very socially active family. Her dad remains a very motivated American, her mother is very active in local Sacramento interfaith circles, Zaki is a Rap performer who espouses American-Muslim causes and along with Tanya the family has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the community, especially to the local SALAM organization, and its Sunday Islamic School.
One can only add that a great deal of energy and hard work must have gone into her success. They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well this child has now made our Sacramento village proud, and we collectively wish her future success. Inshallah, she will become a great doctor.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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