Isaiah Zeilman enrolled at DATA during his sophomore year. Now in the throes of his Senior year, it is hard to think of our school without his large presence and that is why he is this month’s SENIOR SPOTLIGHT.
In his 3 years here at the Dragon Lair, he has been awarded many accomplishments such as the National Honor Society Award (which he wrote the school charter for), the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence, the Scholar Awards for Architectural Design and Robotics, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Certification, the award as a member of the National Thespian Honor Society and even has received high honor awards for each year of high school.
Another large role that Isaiah has within DATA is being Assistant Manager of the I.T. Repair Techs. He helps oversee the technology needs for teachers and classrooms and helps mentor other students in the program. This experience with Mr. Stuyvesant has encouraged his goals of working towards a professional career in I.T. and begin working on Artificial Intelligence.
When Isaiah isn’t working hard on his coursework, he enjoys voice acting, playing piano, writing, coding, studying tech (in general) and cooking. In fact, when asked about his family, he mentioned their love of cooking and sitting around the dinner table after cooking a meal together. He loves spending time with his parents and having friends be a part of his family. These values of community have been instilled in him, creating the student we all know and love today.
Teachers were asked to share their thoughts on Isaiah and said the following:
“Isaiah has been a “go-getter” from the start. He’s always working to better himself and take advantage of all available opportunities. He has ambition and drive that will motivate him far into the future. He has grown quite a lot in the last few years. He understands social and business professionalism and what one needs to be successful.” ~ Mrs. Piechota (English)
“He is ALWAYS polite and smiling.” ~ Ms. Angelina (Front Desk)
“Isaiah is the definition of a pleasure to have in class. He is polite, insightful, funny, and a talented math student!” ~ Mrs. Seaton (Math)
“He is very insightful and thoughtful.” ~ Ms. Verdugo (Science)
“I have not known Isaiah long, but I can safely say that he is a joy to have in the classroom. He is always ready to help me and other students. Isaiah is mature beyond his year. He is an irreproachable example of what a student needs to be to be successful. He is always “present” in class.” ~ Mrs. Vasquez (Robotics / Science)
“Isaiah is very motivated and intelligent. He is the first student attempting to take Calculus without having had Pre-Calculus. I wouldn’t have allowed just any student to try to accomplish such a feat.” ~ Mr. Gloyd (Math)
Good luck Isaiah in all you endeavor. We can’t wait to see what else you will accomplish in life.