by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography

Science Scholar

Armaun Rouhi, a Del Norte High School junior, is celebrating the success of Del Norte’s Future Doctors of America club and their recent publication of The Future Doctor Medical Journal. He founded the club when he was a freshman and is pleased with its growth since that time. “We have grown into a club with outreach/mentorship programs at Oak Valley Middle School and the community at large. The Future Doctor Medical Journal is the first high school medical publication in Southern California. Our inaugural 36-page issue was released in June 2015 to acclaim from both students and teachers alike,” revealed Armaun. The inspiration behind the publication was to rouse interest in medicine and create a new generation of future doctors in 92127 and beyond.

An avid science enthusiast, Armaun’s favorite class at Del Norte so far is AP Biology, a class he calls truly interdisciplinary. He feels fortunate to attend Del Norte and be exposed to so many different subjects with a hands-on education. “I love what I like to call the ‘trial and error’ culture at Del Norte. Here, learning is synonymous with trying things out for yourself to see what works and what doesn’t work. With this approach you can step back, draw a conclusion, and leave the classroom with not only a more involved perspective on a subject matter but also a more complete understanding of the subject,” explained Armaun.

“My parents came to America in their teens with little understanding of English or American culture. They struggled but came out on top through their hard work. They truly embody the American Dream and inspire me all that much more to achieve my own dreams.”

In his free time Armaun enjoys swimming, playing soccer with friends, and listening to jazz. He also loves to spend quality time with his parents, whom he calls his inspiration. “My parents came to America in their teens with little understanding of English or American culture. They struggled but came out on top through their hard work. They truly embody the American Dream and inspire me all that much more to achieve my own dreams,” related Armaun.

Looking to the future, Armaun hopes to continue an interdisciplinary approach to education by pursuing undergraduate degrees in human biology and international health studies. “Today’s challenges in virtually any field, including medicine, draw from many different subjects, from economics to sociology and law. I want to immerse myself in science and its social applications,” stated this future doctor and present-day success story.

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Name: Armaun Rouhi (16)
School: Del Norte High School
Grade: 11
Parents: Massud Rouhi and Nahid Zamanian
Favorite Places in 92127: 4S Ranch Sports Park, 4S Commons