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- As one of 9 children born in a very poor area of Tangier, Morocco, Oumaima left her parents to move to the United States and was eventually placed in foster care when her older sister was unable to care for her.
- Within 3 years of arriving in the United States, she not only taught herself English but also graduated with an un-weighted GPA of 3.8
- Passionate about physical therapy, she completed an internship while in high school and was president of a project at Warren Tech that sought to tackle the severe physical challenges faced by astronauts.
- Her father taught her ‘where there is need, there is obligation’, which intensified her passion for helping others. She volunteered to help physically disabled people move through dance and exercise, participated in the Down Syndrome body walk, and took on numerous opportunities with her church and Key club at school.