Going above and beyond: Fadel Muthana


The Yemeni American News

Hamtramck could be the most diverse city in the Midwest if not the entire United States. There are so many students from all parts of the World that educators say in one school, more than 52 languages are spoken.

Fadel Muthana, now a graduating senior and an active youth in the Hamtramck area is aspiring to be a leader within his community. He came from Yemen at the age of 6 and enrolled in the English Learners Program.

One of his big dreams is to become a U.S. ambassador to another country and he was going about that plan head-on. He has become an ambassador in his own school and has participated in many activities.

He participated in the national Student Youth Dialogue and traveled to other cities for the program. He tells the Yemeni American News “I was fortunate to join a team of students at the University of Iowa for the social interaction discussing differences, diversity, struggles.”

Fadel also participated in DECA, a national organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Fadel did not waste of his high school experience and his curiosity drove him to join the robotics team to how to program the robots.

In his leadership roles, he along other students co-started a recycling program in his high school, Hamtramck High, planting plants, and tried curbside recycling. In addition, Fadel spoke in front of the school board of implementing extended time for AP schools

Other organizations he quickly became part of were the Optimist Club and Student Union at Hamtramck High School.

Mrs. Jaleelah Ahmed, the English Language Development director at Hamtramck Public Schools knew of Fadel’s capabilities.

“Fadel is a model student, he is always striving to do the best in everything he does. His positive demeanor combined with his ambitious plans sets him apart from many students his age. He has been an active member in the EL Youth Voice and Engagement Committee voicing his concerns about AP courses, the high school schedule, and better lunch options. When the senior citizens needed to have the snow shoveled, Fadel was among the students that signed up to help as the committee promoted volunteerism in the community.”

On Fadel’s future, Mrs. Ahmed said “I believe that Fadel has a bright future because he is a well-rounded student who always seeks to learn, to better himself, to contribute in a team and participate in the community. Fadel sets the bar high for himself, he builds on his strengths and has confidence. If you get to know him, you will see what a remarkable young man he is. While Fadel is working hard to improve himself and set a path for himself, he doesn’t stop thinking about his parents or siblings.”

Mrs. Ahmed believes that Fadel is an example to follow and advises parents to set a positive example for their children and inspire them to make a difference in the world.

Mrs. Ahmed adds “Give them words of encouragement, unconditional love and believe in them. Give them opportunities to make a difference. From that, the children will gain the confidence they need to be successful and impact the world in a positive way.”

Speaking of extracurricular activities, Fadel says “students have misconceptions about the activities, and parents engagement is key in getting students to participate in student clubs. Time management is also another key to be organized and spread time in these activities. I was lucky that I have older siblings who also have advised me on how to get involved.”

Graduating a year early to spend Youth for Understanding in Germany is his next step. He’s planning to enroll at Wayne State University to major in Criminal Justice as one of his first steps to enter the world of public service.