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A Step Above: A Step Above – R.J. Khalaf

Coronado High School
Class of 2014

“To thine own self be true,” said Polonius to his son Laertes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, advice that Coronado High School Student Body President R.J. Khalaf takes to heart. With a prevailing drive to succeed and a resolution to never take no for an answer, R.J. maintains strong pride in all that he does, from student council to debate and beyond. Professional, eloquent and firm in his beliefs, this enterprising young man has his sights set on Georgetown University and an eventual career with the United Nations, seeking to bring about change on a global scale. It’s that kind of elevated thinking that makes dreams a reality and places R.J. Khalaf – A Step Above.



  • JV Track and Field, 2011
  • Varsity Track and Field, 2012
  • Varsity Debate Team, 2011-13
  • Muslim Student Association, Founder and President, 2011-13
  • Best Buddies, 2011 & 2013
  • Forensics/Debate, 2011-13
  • DECA, 2011-13
  • FBLA, 2011
  • Sophomore Class President, 2011-12; Junior Class President, 2012-13
  • Student Body President, 2013
  • Lumberjack Alliance, 2013

Awards/Community Service

  • Student of the Month, 2011
  • Best Public Forum (Debate Team), 2013
  • Featured in R-Jeneration, 2013
  • 4th Place at State, Team Marketing and Decision Making (DECA), 2012
  • Tournament of Champions Bid, 2013
  • 1st Place, JV Public Forum County Debate Tournament, 2012
  • Bears for Love, 2013
  • Day of Dignity, 2011-13
  • Volunteer in Palestinian Refugee Camps, 2010-11 & 2013
  • Volunteer for Dina Titus Campaign, 2012

R.J. is Successful Because: “What makes me successful is my drive. I want to be the best in whatever I am passionate about. I don’t like to let obstacles stop me or let people tell me that I am not able to do something. I work to finish the job, no matter how hard it gets. Above all, I owe my success to support from my family and to God for all that he has blessed me with.”

R.J. Looks Up To: “My dad is the epitome of a true leader and has been since he was seventeen when he started working full time in his father’s store to support the family. My dad is also the most generous man I know. He donates money to charity and always puts others before himself.”

Cause for Concern: “I would love to be president of an organization that deals with world hunger and works to provide adequate water and food to people all over the world who don’t have access to those basic necessities. I think that with all the resources we have in the world today, it is a disgrace that people are dying because they can’t afford food and water.”



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