Zoya is on her way to a bright future at the University of California at Berkeley. She maintained a 4.5 weighted GPA in the International Baccalaureate program at Modesto High while also participating in clubs and extracurricular activities.
Not only has Zoya been a part of in-school organizations, such as Science Olympiad and journalism, she has volunteered at Doctors Medical Center for four years, volunteered for the Red Cross and is a Girl Scout.
Among all of her Girl Scout projects, two in particular stand out.
"The community service I am most proud of is my Gold Scout Gold Award project. For this project, I created a community garden at a local elementary school in dedication to a teacher who had recently passed away. The purpose of the garden was to not only stop global warming but also to create a sense of unity between the children. I created a team within the children so that they could all join together to create a beautiful, self-sustaining garden at their school," Zoya said.
Another Girl Scout project that is particularly memorable for Zoya is the one that earned her the Bronze Award. She spent more than 20 hours creating workshops for children younger than 10. These workshops were meant to educate the kids about disaster awareness.
Zoya was able to accomplish these projects in part thanks to the skills she has gained from being a part of leadership during high school. She was part of leadership for three of her four years at Modesto High.
Family is a very important part of Zoya's life, and she enjoys spending time with her parents, Sohel and Asfiya, and her siblings, Sidra and Safa. Her father is especially important to her, as he has been a role model for Zoya throughout her life. She plans to remember the lessons he has taught her in college and beyond.
After college, Zoya plans to enter medical school. In order to achieve this goal, she will be following a premedical track in college.
HOBBIES: I love biking and playing pingpong and badminton with my dad and sisters. I also LOVE to go on adventures with my Girl Scout troop.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: My father has really been the biggest influence in my life because he has conquered all his fears and jumped over all the obstacles in his life successfully. He is incredibly pious with everything he does and is such an amazing role model. I believe that I am what I am today only because of my attempt to follow his footsteps and both my parents' love and support.
LAST BOOK I READ FOR PLEASURE: "Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets"
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Cake Boss"
FAVORITE BAND: Young the Giants
BIGGEST FEAR: My biggest fear is fear itself.
WHAT I'D TELL THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, nonviolence will bring in peace. Let's reduce our arrogance and stop spending our money on killings.
ADVICE FOR KIDS: The first 18 years of hard work will make 80-plus years of ease. Eighteen years of fun and fooling around will cause the next 80-plus years to be full of hardships.
ADVICE FOR ADULTS: Managing stress is the key to happiness.
WHERE I'LL BE IN 10 YEARS: God willing, I will be contributing back to my community every single day of my life while sustaining and providing for my family.