Constitution High School’s Zamiyha Fischer, 18, has shown her strength and ability to overcome obstacles while excelling in both school and extracurricular activities.
Overcoming brain cancer at a young age, Fischer, of the 2000 block of Emily Street, has been left with little ability to hear, and is restricted to wearing a hearing aide for the rest of her life. But, this small bump has not even remotely put a dent in Fischer’s long road ahead.
Kathleen Melville, Fischer’s ninth-grade Spanish teacher, was happily surprised to see the youth’s enthusiasm and dedication to the Spanish language. Now a senior, she is a founder of the school’s Spanish Club and has been instrumental in raising more than $9,000 to fund a service trip to Puerto Rico this spring.
“[Fischer’s] passion for learning a new language and culture has inspired both her classmates and teachers,” Melville said.
Maintaining an exemplary attendance record throughout her middle and high school years, Fischer has proven her ability to progress outside of the classroom as well. As a ninth-grader, Fischer was selected to participate in the Ballard Spahr Mentorship Program, and during her junior year, she helped to organize events and fundraisers for her class as a member of the junior committee. Away from the world of academics, the student enjoys skating.
Melville describes Fischer as having “unrelenting positive energy.” Melville also highlights Fischer’s perseverance as one of her most salient attributes, including her ability to exceed above medical and personal challenges while shining academically.
“She has overcome tremendous obstacles in her life and shares her zeal for learning and living with everyone around her,” Melville said.
Fischer hopes to follow in the footsteps of her older brother Raldoph Holman, who is the first in Fischer’s family to graduate from college. Holman has been encouraging, motivating and mentoring her in throughout her pursuit to graduate from the college of her choice, Drexel University, with a journalism degree as she aims to become a writer or poet.
“[Fischer] is a resident of a neighborhood of South Philadelphia that is often in the news for negative reasons,” Melville said of the Point Breeze resident. “I hope this nomination represents an opportunity for [Fischer] and her neighborhood to be in the news for a positive reason.”
Zamiyha Fischer will receive a $50 Visa gift card from ShopRite of Snyder Plaza, 29 Snyder Ave. If you are a teacher or full-time educator and would like to nominate a student (first through 12th grades), call 215-336-2500 ext. 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.