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Feross Aboukhadijeh

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Feross Aboukhadijeh is every parent’s dream. After becoming Oakridge High School’s 2008 class valedictorian and a national merit scholarship recipient, he is off to Stanford this month to study computer science and electrical engineering, with the goal of inventing the next big Internet craze. “I want to create something that is the next Google, something so innovative that everyone is going to use it,” Feross enthuses.

When most high school students were sitting at home playing video games, Feross was designing his own Web page, a site he described as a precursor to You Tube. But it wasn’t all computers and programming code for Feross. At different intervals he was a member of the cross-country, track and basketball teams, eventually helping the cross-country team win the state championship for two consecutive years. He also kept himself busy with a variety of other clubs and activities, leaving many people wondering what his parents did right.

“We are very proud of him, of course,” says Cindy Aboukhadijeh, Feross’ mother. “I can’t take any of the credit, it all belongs to him. His nature was always to search out, learn and take challenges. We just provided guidance.”

Feross credits his success to the simple love of learning. “Do what you enjoy and you’ll be successful. Put time and energy into it, have passion, and just do your homework!” Good advice, Feross.
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