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A Step Above: Armon Latifi

Coronado High School
Class of 2014
G.P.A.: 4.6

There’s a profound freedom that comes with the combination of insatiable curiosity and courage in the face of discomfort. When you can try anything, without fear of failure or embarrassment, the world is truly your playground. It’s the stance Armon Latifi takes on life – and it seems to be working for him. The senior at Coronado High School has a zest for new experiences and learning that will surely serve him well, on this planet and beyond, and leaves him orbiting – A Step Above.  

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  • Forensics, 2010-2014
  • Leo Club, 2012-2014
  • Lumberjack Alliance, 2012-2014
  • Bears 4 Love, 2012-2014
  • Varsity Quiz, 2012-2014
  • Unicycle Club, 2014
  • Mu Alpha Theta, 2014
  • Quantum Physics Club, 2014
  • Vegetarian Club, 2014
  • TAG Library Volunteering, 2011-2013
  • Swimming, 2011-2014
  • Guitar, 2014


Scholarships/Awards/Community Service

  • Honor Roll Student, 2010-2014
  • AP Scholar, 2014
  • National Merit Letter of Commendation, 2014
  • Varsity Public Forum Debate State Champion, 2013
  • Straight A Luncheon, 2011-2012
  • JV Public Forum Debate County Champion, 2011
  • 1st Place, Panther Classic Public Forum Debate, 2011
  • Paseo Verde Library Volunteer, 2011-2013


So…you’re shooting for space…literally: “Currently, I plan on becoming more organized, learning how to juggle, and preparing for college as much as possible. During my freshman year at USC, I intend to start undergraduate study as an aerospace engineer, and enrich my education at NASA, in order to make a mark on the field of deep-space research. As an adult, I’d like to learn as much as I can about astronomy, and to travel the world, absorbing diverse cultures along the way.”

Forensics has had a very special impact on you: “A particular accomplishment that I hold in high regard is my performance at the Forensics State Tournament at Foothill High School. After debating numerous rounds regarding the necessity of a universal mandate on healthcare, my partner and I broke into finals. At the awards ceremony, the jovial voice booming in the microphone had announced that I had placed first in the State with my debate partner. The sheer volume of research and preparation had finally paid off. Forensics has always been an integral part of my interests throughout high school, and this achievement represents all of the hard work I was willing to invest in such a worthwhile activity.”

We love your outlook on challenging yourself with new things:  “One quality of mine that makes me successful is my willingness to participate in any form of event, or localized structure. This open-minded perspective is what prompted me to volunteer in the library, join various clubs such as Leo Club and Bears For Love, as well as discover my interests through rigorous, yet rewarding academic programs. My tendency to try new activities is worthwhile because it forces me to apply myself in any way/means possible, in order to achieve a goal. This being said, I wholeheartedly agree that an open attitude is indicative of success.”

If you could be president of any non-profit, what would it be, and why? “I would be the president of freerice.com, a non-profit website managed by the United Nations World Food Program. Not only does this organization provide food to those who desperately require it, but also freerice.com provides online quizzes that stimulate mental growth, while having fun at the same time. I feel that this organization makes a definitive mark on the foreboding plight of world hunger, which is why I would wish to fully manage and support it.”

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