Alief Education Leads to Ivy League

  • Getting accepted into one Ivy League school is an amazing accomplishment for any high school senior. Getting accepted into more than one is even rarer and you have a much higher chance of winning the lottery than to be accepted into seven Ivy League schools.

    Elsik High School senior Amina Mabizari defied those odds recently by accomplishing the feat of being accepted into seven Ivy League schools. The Elsik valedictorian has already been accepted to Brown, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Dartmouth. Harvard is the only holdout among the Ivy League schools where she has been placed on the waitlist. She announced that she has chosen Yale and will pursue a degree in political science.

    “I can think of no other word to describe her other than ‘exquisite’” said Sabina Baig, teacher and student council advisor at Elsik. “She is so intellectual and has such tremendous study habits but is so humble and polite at the same time. It’s no wonder that she won over all of the college recruiters.”

    Amina has also been accepted into several other prestigious universities, including Johns Hopkins and Duke.

    “I didn’t think I would be accepted into any schools so I applied them to all,” she said.

    Amina has come a long way throughout her educational career in Alief ISD. When she started in kindergarten, her mother was told that she was last in her class and was struggling mightily to read.

    Thanks to her amazing ability to focus and learn quickly and the dedication of her parents, especially her mother who read to her on a daily basis, Amina rebounded and had the best grades in the kindergarten class by the end of the school year.

    Amina, whose smile would light up any room,
    has spent her entire educational career in Alief, said she was always the quiet, shy student that hoped nobody ever noticed her. She attended Heflin Elementary, Mahanay Elementary, Outley Elementary, Youngblood Intermediate and O’Donnell Middle School before attending Elsik Ninth Grade Center and Elsik High School.

    To say that Amina is Alief Proud would be a severe understatement.

    “I’ve heard what some say about Alief, about Elsik High School and about southwest Houston. They say that we are ghetto and that we are in the hood,” she said. “I am out to prove that great things are happening here at Elsik and in Alief. It’s not just me. Our choir just got back from singing at Carnegie Hall. How many choirs across the country did that?”

    Her teacher agreed about her being proud of her community. “She is #aliefproud through and through. She always says, ‘take pride in who you are and where you are from’ when she travels across the state to speak,” Baig said.

    The shy, quiet 18-year-old came out of her shell at Elsik by becoming involved in student council and the National Honor Society. She enjoyed that experience so much that she ran for District 13 Student Council president but didn’t win. Undeterred, she came right back and ran for State Student Council president and won. As president of the Texas Association of Student Councils she supervised more than 1,300 schools across Texas.

    She also earned one of only 100 spots in the country to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. She was able to meet President Trump and Vice President Pence during that visit.

    “She is so humble that she didn’t realize how big of a deal it is to meet a sitting President and that only a select number of students ever have that opportunity” Baig added. “I am so proud of her. I have always told my students that it is just not about academics, it is about becoming a well-rounded person with a variety of interests.”

Photo of Elsik High School student Amina Mabizari