Zemzem is a senior and plans to attend Oregon State University to major
in nutrition on the pre-medical path. She will specialize in Family Medicine
where she can represent underserved communities in the healthcare system.
She received the Black Excellence Award her freshman year, and was selected by the Principal to represent Roosevelt in the Portland Public School district. Zemzem also participated in the Student Equity Council & Black Student Union. She has helped organize the annual "Hoodies-up" day at Roosevelt High School.
She loves playing soccer with her siblings and loves reading whenever she can. Zemzem works at the Oregon Zoo to educate historically marginalized communities about conservation by giving lessons on nature and animals at local community centers, boys and girls clubs and apartment complexes. She also take kids on their first camping trips!
Her favorite part of Portland is Downtown St. Johns right in the heart of North Portland. She said, "The middle ground where our diverse community gathers and seeks refuge and supports each other. I can go to the nearby Cathedral park and enjoy a live band in the summer. I can dip my toes in the water while enjoying the peaceful river, or read my books and sit under the shade of the St. Johns bridge."
When asked what she is most proud of during her high school career, Zemzem talked of her experience in student equity council. Since her freshman year, she has built her voice and made real change within the school and community. Being asked to be a part of interviewing staff was the greatest thing she has done, to serve not only Roosevelt High School and the students, but the community of North Portland. "My leadership for the Roosevelt community and students gave me the privilege to be highlighted in a district video. It showed my hard work to keep this legacy of community and student input valued."