Omar Qureshi Accepts First Place Award in Junior Division of 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest

May 7, 2013

Omar Qureshi, a freshman student at Green Valley High School in Nevada, accepted the first place award in the junior division of the United States Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest during the Society’s Annual Symposium on May 3, 2013. The 2012 essay contest was made possible by a grant from Amway.

Mr. Qureshi was an eighth grade student at Greenspun Junior High School in Henderson, Nevada when he competed in the 2012 essay contest. His essay, “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” was judged the most outstanding entry among the hundreds of essays received.

Omar Qureshi accepts the first place award in the Junior Division of the 2012 student essay contest from Society Vice President Don Kennon at the annual symposium on May 3, 2013, in the auditorium in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Omar Qureshi accepts the first place award in the Junior Division of the 2012 student essay contest from Society Vice President Don Kennon at the annual symposium on May 3, 2013, in the auditorium in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Throughout his academic career, Mr. Qureshi has been recognized for his high academic ability by a 4.0 GPA and a Presidential Award for Academic Excellence in middle school. He competed in the Clark County Junior Varsity Quiz Bowl, an annual competition that takes place among 18 schools in the district. As captain of the team, he led Greenspun to be the reigning champ from 2010-2012. He was also the captain for Greenspun’s Test for Excellence team, who won first place in 2012 in the Test for Excellence competition, a statewide general knowledge competition based on current news and events.

In September of last year, Mr. Qureshi began competing in Forensics. He has placed nine times in tournaments, competing in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. Most recently, he was the first ever freshman champion of the Golden Desert Districts tournament in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. Winning this tournament qualified him for the National Forensic League’s Nationals Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama in June.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Omar plays the violin and is the concertmaster of the Advanced Orchestra at Green Valley. He also plays in the world-renowned Las Vegas Youth Orchestra.