Johairah received a scholarship to pursue her dream of becoming an environmental engineer. She will study at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is familiar with the setting as she has been part of the Outward Bound program. She became involved with the study of energy using wind turbines and won a regional competition with her teammates.
Activities at school and in the community include track and field, biking, president of the Filipino Club and pep band. She has worked part-time throughout high school.
Her letters of recommendation are highlighted with high praise for her leadership skills, intelligence, and hard work.
Johairah has faced many struggles in her home life but always has a smile on her face. Her parents are moving to the Philippines and have little or no financial or emotional support for her. She has been homeless but has not given up and continues to move forward.