A Canal Winchester High School Class of 2022 graduate is the third in her family to complete her high school diploma at just 15 years old.
Sirrab Hamad followed in the footsteps of two of her older siblings by completing the credits to finish high school during what would be the freshman year of high school for most students. She will also earn her associate degree this fall from Columbus State Community College.
“We are always honored to be able to offer opportunities that support our students in their journey to success,” said Canal Winchester High School Principal Mrs. Amy Warren. “Sirrab has worked hard to achieve her educational goals, and we look forward to hearing about what she goes on to accomplish in the future.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck at the end of 7th grade, Sirrab decided to take three online classes at Columbus State over the summer. Beginning with an Arabic language class, she was able to start earning college credits while also completing high school diploma requirements.
Electing to continue with online learning, Sirrab took two to three online college courses each semester before returning to in-person learning at CWHS and CSCC this spring. Originally a member of the Class of 2025, she walked with the Canal Winchester High School Class of 2022 at graduation on May 20 with a 4.177 GPA.
Facing a difficult college math course, Sirrab reached out to Canal Winchester Math Teacher Mr. Kurtis Robinson, who reassured her and offered tutoring if needed.
“I was really scared to take it, but… knowing I had that support really helped me,” she said.
For students who are considering pursuing college credits during high school, Sirrab suggests starting with an English or history credit. She recommended Composition I (ENGL 1100), a Columbus State embedded course at Canal Winchester High School.
Sirrab’s family provided support and the confidence that she could earn her high school diploma and associate degree based on her siblings’ experiences. Both graduates of Reynoldsburg High School, her older sister, 20-year-old Danya, has earned a Master of Law degree and passed the bar exam, and her older brother, David, 19, is in his first year of medical school.
“My siblings who have gone on this path before me have helped to create a pathway for me,” said Sirrab. “They started me off with all my important classes and worked to figure out my filler classes. Without them and my parents supporting me, I would not have been able to succeed.”
What’s next for Sirrab? A short break, as she takes a gap semester this summer to travel to Palestine where she has family. After that, she will begin classes at The Ohio State University in January of 2023.
Following her passion for the medical field, Sirrab plans to study biology, with dreams of becoming an anesthesiologist.
“Growing up I watched people around me become doctors or go into that field,” she said. “I was amazed how they save lives every day.”