High School: Atlantic City High School
Parents: Mojibur Rahman and Mosammat Akter
Community/school activities Leo Club (four years), Deca Club (four years), World Language Club (Historian 10th-12th grade), Gate (four years), ACHS girls cross country (four years), Salvation Army volunteer, volunteer at marathons and other races and community events
Post-high school plans Rutgers University, major in biology
Career goals Physician’s assistant, specializing in orthopedics
Why is it important for young people to become leaders in the community and what motivates you to do it?It’s very important because it’s up to us to make the community a better place. I was raised with people who motivate me, because they’ve done a lot. Even though I’m only 18, I’m looking forward to doing more to help the community. I joined the Leo Club in my freshman year and I learned that it was about leadership, experience and opportunity. When I got a spot to volunteer at an event I was overwhelmed with joy. Leo Club was the beginning of my involvement in the community.
How do you find time to do so many things, and does it ever seem like too much?To do it all you have to be balanced. You make time for what’s important, like community service. I have a journal and every few month (I look) at it to get a reminder of what I did. I also have a school journal. Seeing the hopeful smiles of the people in the community drives me to have an impact. Being positive gives you energy because you give and get. The positive reflection of someone else will uplift you. Running helps because it keeps your mind off of things and it’s good for your body.
How will the advanced courses and your job and college courses help to shape your career?Being an assistant in the pharmacy at Walgreens (since July) will be the start to my career as a medical assistant. I pull medical forms and fill vials, and other things. I take advanced placement courses (in biology, calculus, economics, English and government). It has allowed me to be with really smart individuals and their way of thinking has rubbed off on me. Atlantic City has a diverse community and I communicate with people. Being a leader in the community has led me to obtain knowledge in medicine and ultimately become a medical assistant. I’ll be able to help my community on another level than before.
— Guy Gargan
Contact Guy Gargan: 609-272-7210