CTE Student of the Year Asfa Karim Makes Her Mark

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Photo Courtesy of the GCPS Communique.

Since moving from Pakistan to the United States in her first year of high school, senior Asfa Karim has marked herself as one of the greatest at Parkview High School.

 Arriving in Georgia, Karim sought a place of belonging which would allow her to establish her ground in a new country. At Parkview, she found her sense of community through the several extracurriculars she endeavored, including DECA and Varsity cheerleading. However, her most memorable time as a Parkview student exists in her experience as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) member. 

Throughout high school, Karim took several CTE classes, venturing onto the CTE business and technology pathway offered at Parkview. These classes provides many courses, including marketing, finance, and human services. In addition, the CTE program provides real-world opportunities for students to explore a wide range of jobs that are in high demand. 

This year, on March 21st, GCPS acknowledged several CTE students for their outstanding work inside and outside the classroom regarding maintaining the CTE program’s mission. CTE rightfully recognized Karim as Parkview’s CTE Student of the Year. “It has truly been an honor and privilege to receive this recognition, and I believe [it] will motivate me to work even harder for my future endeavors,” she said. 

Karim has also had the opportunity to lead the DECA chapter at Parkview, a club focusing on developing business and marketing careers. As an officer, she has participated in several competitive events. She worked on a business project throughout the first semester of her senior year and presented in January in the form of a 30-page manual and a 15-minute oral presentation. This year, she placed 5th, qualifying for the International Career Development Conference, held at the end of April.

“CTE clubs were the best part of my high school career. They enhanced my leadership and critical thinking skills and most importantly, helped me find my true passion,” she expressed.  

Although Karim has just begun her life in the United States, she is undoubtedly taking advantage of all her opportunities. She recalled, “When I came here to the U.S, everything was really different—a different academic context, a different social environment.” As she got involved with CTE, she explained, she began to “make friends and blend into this beautiful American mosaic.” 

Karim hopes to enhance her knowledge of CTE and leadership in her college career. As she graduates Parkview this year, she will leave a legacy for all students.