Class of 2017

Sara Hailu

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

high school: Levine Middle College HS

college: Princeton University

MAJOR: Molecular Biology

Sara Hailu was born in Pineville, North Carolina to Ethiopian immigrant parents. Her background has shaped Sara into a hardworking, resilient, and compassionate young woman. Even though being from an immigrant family has presented many challenges, she never dwells on the negative and instead focuses on overcoming obstacles. Her eagerness to learn and high academic performance was noticed by her teachers at her bilingual magnet elementary and middle school. Because of this, she was given the opportunities to complete the first and second grades in one school year and enroll in several high school classes while in middle school.

In her high schools’ student government associations, Sara has held several officer positions, serving as the class president for the past two years. She founded and led two clubs in her former and current high school. She is also the co-editor of the school’s yearbook and a member of multiple honor societies. Sara has been an exemplary student in her high school Honors, Advanced Placement, and community college courses, earning a weighted GPA of above 5.0 and ranking number one in her senior class. Sara has earned 48 college credits and is expected to complete over 70 college credits and 12 Advanced Placement courses by the end of her senior year. Sara is a National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, and member of the collegiate Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

Sara has been actively engaged in community service for the past four years and always delivers service with a smile, earning her the Gold Level President Volunteer Service award twice. She has put her bilingual-biliterate skills to work with a community outreach early literacy program for Latino children and their parents. She has also served as a volunteer at her local library for three years, during two of which she was the Lead Teen Volunteer. Doing so has allowed her to instill her love for reading and passion for education in others. She serves her global community by fundraising for the Fistula Foundation to provide surgeries for obstetric fistula sufferers in third world countries.

When she isn’t studying or volunteering, Sara loves listening to NPR, watching the television series Bones, enjoying English, Spanish, and Amharic music, and doing yoga. Sara intends to pursue a career in a health-related field. Her ambition is to further her education up to a PhD. level to better herself, help her family, and serve her local and global community. She aspires to increase her involvement in early childhood literacy programs and plans to dedicate her life to improving women’s and children’s quality of life.

Sara plans to attend Princeton University.  

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