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EHS Senior Spotlight April 2021: Meet Selma Benkhoukha

Do you have any ‘words of wisdom’ to share with your classmates as we are still navigating the COVID-19 health crisis?

My best words of wisdom through this COVID era of hybrid and virtual school is to stay focused on the goals that originally motivated you. Whether it’s just to get good grades, work for your dream school, work for your dream job or to just graduate. Keep your goals in mind and it will help motivate you to go to class so much more. 

What do you want people to know about Ewing High School that they might not know? 

Ewing High School students come from so many backgrounds, there is always something to learn from the various experiences and stories students share to educate one another. Ewing High School is dedicated to spreading the message that culture is beautiful and should be celebrated. From Black History Month celebrations to Hispanic Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, Ewing High School embraces and celebrates everyone’s culture, identity and individuality. 

In which activities do you participate in school?

I am a student-athlete on the EHS Girls Varsity Soccer team and EHS Girls Lacrosse team. I am a member of the Student Council, the Environmental Club and I am also a Peer Leader.  In addition, I am a Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) scholar.  

What activities do you participate outside of school? 

PUPP takes place both in and outside of school, so I dedicate my time to the program. I also have a part-time job at Dick’s Sporting Goods. 

What awards or acknowledgements have you received in school and/or outside of school? 

I was the “Rookie of the Year” on the EHS Girls Lacrosse team my first year playing. I have also been recommended for various scholarships throughout high school by teachers and advisors.  

What accomplishments are you most proud of?   

I think now more than ever I recognize the small things I should be proud of myself for.  I think my proudest accomplishment is just making it to where I am today, getting through high school and having a future to look forward to. I went through a long period of time of being unmotivated and still, from time to time, I feel the effects of quarantine, but I am proud of myself for picking myself up and getting back to where I left off. 

What is your favorite memory of high school to date?  

As insignificant as this may seem, my favorite memory of high school is meeting up with my friends in the time before class started in the morning, just talking and eating our Dunkin donuts. It is the little things like that, when school closed due to COVID, I found myself missing the most.  

Who is your favorite teacher and why?  S.B.

 Mr. Hammer definitely holds the position of favorite teacher. People look at me like I’m crazy when I say AP Biology is my favorite class but that’s just the magic power Mr. Hammer has. He is not only an amazing teacher and gives great advice for school and preparing for college, but also gives so much to Ewing High School. 

Who or what has impacted your life in a positive way?  

My friends have impacted my life significantly throughout high school and I know they will still be with me throughout college no matter the distance. If I ever need a getaway or place to clear my mind I know they are there for me and will help me get through any troubles in my mind and life.   

How do you define success?

 Success to me is being able to say, “Selma you did it!” I also see success as stepping stones, multiple times it is the small accomplishments along the way that make me feel successful. 

What are your plans after you graduate from Ewing High School? 

I plan to go to college and study Neuroscience. I want to be a Neurologist so medical school is also somewhere in my future plan. Before then I plan on having fun and celebrating graduation with my friends. 

What is your favorite quote or book? 

My favorite book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. 

Now the important question, during this time of social-distancing what have you been doing in your free time?   

Since I cannot hang out with my friends, I found myself video chatting and working on myself and ‘my space’ a lot. My room has gone through major renovations and so has my mind. Even when this COVID era comes to an end something I will continue to do is take time out of my day to either journal or do something for myself.