Altaf Bacchus

Newark High School

Nomination Statement

“The son of Romona and Sarfraz Bacchus, Altaf Bacchus is ranked at the top of his class with a cumulative GPA of 4.618. This motivated and open-minded leader has been involved in soccer, indoor track, lacrosse, managing girls’ soccer as well as both boys’ and girls’ swim teams, Science Olympiad, the highest scorer in the district in Math League, TeenSHARP, volunteering at the local hospital, and has earned multiple academic excellence awards. Altaf is a Cambridge Scholar who has taken 11 AP courses. He plans to study chemical or bioengineering, so he can positively influence the community.”

“Being born in a third-world country, I did not have many educational opportunities when I was young. However, this motivated me to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me when I moved to the US. I wanted to give myself the best chance for success in the future. My Caribbean heritage inspired me to continue challenging myself daily while also remaining a compassionate, respectful, and humble person.”

“Change the world by being yourself.” ~ Amy Poehler