SEED Club: Sophomore advocates for AV diversity

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The students in the photo (from left to right) are Munachi Esomonu (Foothill), Mikai Lewis (Foothill), Nicole Zhang (Amador), and Samantha Corpuz (Amador). They were honored for founding SIAC over the summer of 2015.

The students in the photo (from left to right) are Munachi Esomonu (Foothill), Mikai Lewis (Foothill), Nicole Zhang (Amador), and Samantha Corpuz (Amador). They were honored for founding SIAC over the summer of 2015.

The students in the photo (from left to right) are Munachi Esomonu (Foothill), Mikai Lewis (Foothill), Nicole Zhang (Amador), and Samantha Corpuz (Amador). They were honored for founding SIAC over the summer of 2015.

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  What makes an outlier?

   Definitions will vary, but celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell defines meaningful work as a crucial factor – contributions to our community with great social significance. People who occupy themselves with meaningful work are ultimately happier – and AV sophomore Nicole Zhang, SEED Club President,  is no exception.

   Many know her as the leader of SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diver

The students in the photo (from left to right) are Munachi Esomonu (Foothill), Mikai Lewis (Foothill), Nicole Zhang (Amador), and Samantha Corpuz (Amador). They were honored for founding SIAC over the summer of 2015.

The students in the photo (from left to right) are Munachi Esomonu (Foothill), Mikai Lewis (Foothill), Nicole Zhang (Amador), and Samantha Corpuz (Amador). They were honored for founding SIAC over the summer of 2015.

sity), which she explains as “a student-led group that promotes positive change through self-reflection and dialogue.” However, she also founded the SIAC (Student Inter-Schools Action Council), and she represents Amador in the SSC (School Site Council).

   She was also one of the planning committee members for Donversity Week.

   “We were really trying to give students the opportunity to share their culture and identity with their peers, and to celebrate the diverse population that we have at Amador. Lots of students looked forward to the Diversity rally, which represented groups like ASL, Bhangra and Bollywood, BSU, Chinese Culture Club, Choir, Drama, GSA, Hip-Hop, LSU, Band, Orchestra, Ukulele Club. The rally was made possible through our collective efforts,” she said.

   However, she also recognizes that diversity is a goal that shouldn’t be limited to one week every year. “Although we spend [Donversity Week] celebrating diversity, that’s not the only week that we recognize diversity on campus… That’s part of the reason why I’m involved with SEED, because I can work year-round on trying to promote diversity.”

   Nicole Zhang has a long history of working with her community and school in order to catalyze positive change. As a seventh grader, she started a “Track To Success” project at Pleasanton Middle School, allowing for the school to have its first Fun Run in 2012. This project eventually raised over $30,000 for PMS’s track to be renovated.

   She also submitted the design for the mural on the band wall, as a tribute to “the beauty and strength in diversity.”

   Overall, her efforts to advance the diversity of our campus certainly haven’t gone unnoticed – her optimistic, hardworking personality is clear to those who work with her. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this is that she’s only a sophomore, and has 2 years of high school left to leave her distinctive mark on Amador and Pleasanton overall.

   We’re not certain what the future holds for Nicole, but we await new developments with bated breath.

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