April 22, 2023 – He learned about service from his parents, Dr. Rabina Malik-Hamirani and Dr. Mirza Hamirani, he said.

“They are both very compassionate and have taught us all to help others by their personal examples,” he said. “I hope to follow in their footsteps and help people either as a lawyer, policy maker or analyst in the future.”

Malik-Hamirani also has many academic achievements, Recently, he was chosen as a candidate for the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program through the U.S. Department of Education.

“It is one of the highest honors received by high school students based on academic success, leadership and service to school and community,” he said. 

Approximately 161 finalists are chosen from 4,000 applications each year, according to the Department of Education website. Malik-Hamirani was one of 64 from West Virginia. Finalists will be recognized with a U.S. President Scholars medallion and be recognized in a online National Recognition Program this summer. 

Malik-Hamirani has challenged himself with rigorous Advanced Placement classes throughout his high school career. 

“Every core class I have taken has either been honors or AP. I have taken 12 AP courses and many honors courses,” he said.