Jorge Zavala, Maryvale High School’s National Honor Society Vice President, will be honored as an English Language Learner Student Success Story for the 2013 Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) Conference at the Marriott Tucson Starr Pass, December 12.
The Arizona Department of Education committee was impressed with his dedication to English language acquisition, academics, and personal growth.
When Zavala arrived at his elementary school, John F. Long, he could not speak English. By his sophomore year at Maryvale, he was in all Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) classes. He has completed AP Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Calculus and AP Biology. He is in the Earth Club, Newspaper class, Video Game Club and is taking a guitar class at Maryvale.
His community service list is long, from Hospice of the Valley, March of Dimes and helping with a community Tax Night at the library, to mentoring 4th and 5th graders as a Reading/Writing Buddy, and establishing a Science Club, and giving after-school presentations.
Zavala has run the technology and sound system for his church for many years and he participates several times throughout the year for the Encanto Palms Assisted Living elderly. His goal is to attend either Grand Canyon University or Univ. of Arizona, and become a cardiologist.
Dixie Maxwell (his AP Language and Composition teacher last year, as well as the NHS sponsor), will give an introduction of Zavala, with photos and his accomplishments/community service, followed by Zavala receiving his award and delivering a thank you speech.
“He’s a wonderful student and very deserving of this honor and award,” Maxwell said. “With the help of his English dictionary and his teachers, he has become a leader and model student in his advanced classes.”