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Freshman overcomes adversity

June 10, 2016

The future looks bright for incoming engineering freshman, Mohammed Harhara, thanks to support from his teachers at Melvindale High School.

Harahara, a recent immigrant from Saudi Arabia, graduated near the top of his class.

“It’s very different,” says Harhara in The News-Herald article, Immigrant student overcomes adversity to graduate near top of his class, June 4, 2016. “I didn’t really know any English when we got here.”

Randy Thomas, a teacher at Melvindale High School, recognized Harhara’s leadership potential.  “He’s a great student and a natural leader,” says Thomas.

Thanks to Thomas, Harhara plans to attend University of Detroit Mercy in the Fall and study engineering. 

“I didn’t want to have the large classrooms,” says Harhara. “I needed a smaller setting.”

“They have smaller classes there than other four year schools,” Harhara says. “It’s going to be a good place for me.”

Students at UDM benefit from a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio taught by innovative, award winning faculty.

“We look forward to welcoming Mohammed and all of the Class of 2020 this Fall,” says Dr. Gary Kuleck, Dean of the College of Engineering and Science.  “We are grateful to Melvindale High School staff for recognizing our quality engineering programs and the benefits of our small class size and the student focus of our faculty engagement.”

Classes begin on August 29.

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