Recently, students of Nibras International School had the privilege of meeting Tima Deryan, the youngest Arab to summit the highest mountain in the world.
Along with this title she also holds the title of being the first Lebanese woman to climbed mount. She is an inspiring role model for youth, and she met with the High School students of NIS to share her story.
One of her underlying messages was that of perseverance and to never give up. When sharing her goal of climbing Mount Everest she remembers, “My friends thought it was a bad idea. My mentor said no. Everything was saying no, but I still wanted to go.”
She encouraged students to set goals and then try to achieve them.
“What makes our existence worthwhile is when we have a purpose and to have a purpose we have to start somewhere. A great starting point is to be ambitions, optimistic and believe that you have an important role in this world,” Tima said.
Principal, Michael Cipriano feels that role models, like Tima, have the opportunity to motivate NIS students. “Tima provided great inspiration to all of our students, but especially to our women. Her message was one of inspiration to our girls, reminded them that they can do anything they want and not to listen to the doubters. Follow your heart to success,” he said
Students from NIS were also a part of the organizing team for this event, and Director of International Studies, Brandon Lewis was very proud of the work they put into ensuring the event was a success. He said, “It literally took a village to pull this off, but the real guest of honor for me was Farah El Sayed from grade 12, who climbed a mountain of her own on this day with an AMAZING speech. She led our various decorations teams as well, successfully implementing her vision to create a really great atmosphere for Tima Deryan. This to me is amazing learning because previously undiscovered talents were realized!”