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Canada Awad: DHS Senior Spotlight 2018
Canada Awad

Where were you born?

Born and raised in Dalton.

Elementary School: Of the many elementary schools I have attended Brookwood Elementary is the only I can call home.

What were you involved in at DHS? I was heavily involved in the Dalton High School Theatre Department and I serve as the Drama Club Historian. I am the Latin Club Treasurer and a Senior Class Representative for Student Council. I am in Beta Club and National Honor Society.

High School highlights, achievements and awards: I am an AP Scholar. I have participated in Young Georgia Authors for the past two years. I placed third in Literary for a Dramatic Oral Interpretation.

Plans After Graduation: I will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall.

What do you plan to Major in? I am going to double major in biology and chemistry with a pre-med intent.

I chose UGA because I have a feeling it will be a good fit for me and the environment will allow me to prosper in my intended field.

What did you enjoy most at DHS?

At Dalton High School, I have enjoyed being in the plays. Although I would complain to Mr. Phinney about attending Teen Maze every year, I enjoyed spending time with my Drama classmates, hearing Mr. Phinney's funny jokes, and raising awareness of the consequences of distracted driving.

Canada at Piano

Favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher is Dr. Miller because she goes above and beyond to ensure her students understand the curriculum. She deserves so much praise for the devotion she has for her students.

Favorite subject or class: My favorite subject is AP Psychology because I am passionate about the brain and the class provided me with a better understanding of why humans act the way they do.

What has been your great accomplishment? Ever since freshman year, I would look up at the framed photos of AP Scholars and I would say to myself, "I will make it on the wall one day." I can successfully say I have reached my goal.

What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge has been seeing my once healthy and strong father struggling to survive after his accident. Seeing my dad in that state caused me to have severe anxiety and depression which became very difficult to deal with along with my heavy class load.

The one thing I'm most proud of is... I am most proud of graduating with honors and being accepted into my dream school. Most of all, I am proud of never giving up despite my many obstacles.

Who will you miss most at Dalton High? I will miss Mr. Davidson most of all because he served as a fatherly figure when I needed one most. He always smiled, offered to hear my problems, and comforted me when I was at my weakest.

Canada at Graduation

I would describe myself as a Drama Geek at DHS.

Something people know me for is... the embarrassing YouTube videos I would make with my friends for fun.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love to paint and draw in my free time.

Person who has influenced your life the most and why? Everyone I have ever met in my life has influenced my character in one way or another, however my older siblings, Ameer and Ameera, and my mom have always encouraged me to focus on my goals and stay true to myself.

If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? Failure to me is not an option. I will succeed at reaching my aspirations no matter the cost. I will one day serve in the military as a medical doctor.

If money was not a consideration, what would you do? If money was not a consideration, I would help as many people as I could.

My favorite memories at Dalton High School were made backstage the Nutcracker creating magic with my fellow crew members and the lovely Amanda Hawkins.

In five years I hope I... will be in my first year of med school.