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Scholastic Excellence Sets Ethiopian-American Youngster on Path to Success

Hard Work and Mental Acumen
At sixteen years of age, Nahom Marie, a young American man of Ethiopian extraction, is already starting to make a name for himself. He will be graduated from high school this spring at a rather young age. During his kindergarten years he was already exhibiting an intelligence that compelled his school administrators to advance him to the next highest level.
Successful from the start, Mr. Marie has been accepted to matriculate at over a dozen of the nation’s highest ranking universities. Mr. Marie’s SAT scores place him among the top ten-percent of academic achievers who will be attending an institution of higher education this coming autumn. His scholastic success can be attributed to his hard work regarding his studies, and perhaps a gift of mental acumen.

Overwhelming Acceptance
Mr. Marie has been invited to study at a number of University of Southern California campuses, such as those at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego, among others. Beyond those he has received acceptance letters from the California Polytechnic State University, the Carnegie Mellon Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Santa Clara University, the University of Pittsburgh, Princeton, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr. Marie has decided to attend MIT for his undergraduate engineer studies. He has tentative plans to do his post-graduate work at Stanford.

Bi-lingual Son of San Jose Business Owners
Mr. Marie was born in San Jose, California, the son of Tsehainesh and Andu Marie, who immigrated from Ethiopia to the San Jose area 23 years ago. As with other members of the Ethiopian-American community, known for entrepreneurial activities and small-business ownership, the Maries have operated a successful and thriving restaurant, Gojo, for 20 years in San Jose.
As testimony to the encouragement of the Maries that he keeps all of his options open, Mr. Marie is fluent in both written and spoken Amharic, the principle language of Ethiopia. Mr. Marie’s parents lament that he will heading to the other side of the nation to attend MIT; but he has conditionally assured them that he will return to the San Jose area to pursue his post-graduate studies at Stanford.

Tutor for the Ethiopian-American Council
At one point Mr. Marie became involved with the Ethiopian-American Council (EAC). Along with other missions, the council seeks to help Ethiopian-American youngsters looking for a way in American life and Mr. Marie has been most helpful, spiritually and mentally, in that regard.
He has helped with various functions within EAC, but his primary worth was found in mentoring other Ethiopian-American youngsters. His special interest is enticing young people to pursue an education in science or math. He encourages them towards those challenging areas of study and has helped many of them succeed scholastically.

Past School Days Prologue to Success
Mr. Marie attends Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, a part of the East Side Union High School District. The school mascot is the Saint Bernard, the breed of dog that helps waylaid or lost travelers, which is a fitting icon for Mr. Marie as he helps other young Ethiopian-American classmates in assimilating American culture and helping them find a path among the various opportunities provided by American society and its economy. He is well aware of America’s need for young people with a solid education in science, technology, engineering, and math. When he is not studying or throwing his passion into being an EAC volunteer, Nahom Marie can be found dribbling a round ball beneath some nearby basketball net.