He has already been accepted by the University of Georgia where he plans to study chemical engineering, Jassim said.
Once finished with his degree he wants to further his education by earning a master’s degree and doctorate, he said.
Jassim has not had an easy road to get him to where he is today. On May 2 his house burned, which forced him, his parents and six siblings to move into a hotel for two months, Jassim said.
“We had a whole month of school left [when the fire occurred],” he said.
Through the tragedy Jassim was still able to keep his grades up.
“I think I did a good job keeping it together,” Jassim said.
The fire was a grease fire that started in the kitchen and between the flames and the soot they lost everything, he said.
Assistant Principal Marores Perry said Jassim went on with his daily life and did not let the fire affect him.
When the fire happened he was taking Advanced Placement courses and getting ready to take the placement test, he said. Advance Placement courses are considered among the most rigorous courses available to high school students, and prepare them for tests that if passed leads to college credit. Jassim has received four Advanced Placement credits, and is hoping to have nine by graduation, he said.
“I have had days where I will work [on homework] from 4 to 11 p.m., and still not have everything done,” Jassim said.
If taking the hardest courses was not enough, Jassim has been a leader in many different organizations at East Paulding.
He has been the vice president of Health Occupations Students of America during his junior and senior year. He serves as secretary of the National Honor Society as well as president of Impact, a leadership organization which focuses on what the school system can do to be improved, Jassim said.
Along with his schooling and his activities, Jassim still finds time to volunteer for Special Olympics and Stop Hunger Now, an organization which helps provide meals to those in need.
Perry nominated Jassim for the honor. She said he was the first student to pop into her head when asked to nominate someone.
“He is so focused, and knows what he wants,” Perry said.