Zachary Silva Summer Abroad - Japan

Raising My Son via Land of the Rising Sun.

We are raising money for our son Zachary who is a sophomore at Nogales High School.  Zachary was chosen to participate in CIEE Global Navigator High School Study Abroad , designation Japan.  Zachary needs to raise $6000.00 by April 18, 2018. The summer session is a 4 week course which begins June 11, 2018 and ends July 8, 2018. Please visit for an explanation of expenses and a sample itinerary of the activities planned. The purpose of the trip is for Zachary to have an opportunity to learn the Japanese Culture and language. He will have language classes every morning  and for one week he will be living with a host family.  Zachary is so excited about the chance to visit Japan in this manner. The honor of being the only student at his school and in the entire school district fills him with a sense of accomplishment. Zachary is no stranger to Japan's culture. He is a 2nd. degree brown belt in kenpo and has been studying the art of the Japanese sword (katana) for about 8 years. He competes twice a year at regional tournaments. Being selected gives Zachary a unique opportunity to represent his former schools, Rorimer Elementary , Telesis Academy of Science and Math , current school, Nogales High School ,  school district Rowland Unified , all his current and past instructors and of course his family. 

LAX to BOS with a stopover in NRT

 When Zachary was in the 3rd grade he spent one recess asking several of his instructors what was the best college.  Most instructors said Harvard. By the time recess was over, Zachary was convinced Harvard was a pretty good school. Later in the day he asked the front office administrator the same question. The administrator told Zachary she just happened to have a daughter who just finished graduating Harvard. She showed Zachary a photograph she kept on her desk of her daughter in her gown.   This really struck Zachary. Earlier he learned about Harvard and now, right in front of him is a mother who’s daughter graduated Harvard! Then before the window closed she added, "If my daughter can graduate from Harvard, so can you." There was no turning back after that.  Some time afterwards, our son tells my wife and I that he wants to attend Harvard.  When he first said this I thought why not? I have no idea what it takes to get my child into Harvard but I'm going to do whatever it takes.
 Zachary has his site set on Harvard, possibly M.I.T.. 
Zachary knows attending college will be a challenge. Getting into college even more of an undertaking.  A task he has already started to confront and take on. 

2011 - 2015  Telesis Academy of Science and Math
Perfect attendance, GATE student, Principle Honor Roll, Middle School Science Olympiad medalist, band and Student of the Month. 
2015 - Present  Nogales High School
Nogales Tech Academy, Honors and AP student, Varsity Badminton, Nogales representative at the Regional Occupational Program (R.O.P.) Showcase,

silver medalist at SKILLSUSA Regionals 2018 , student mentor and guest participant for Telesis Middle School Science Olympiad, high honor roll, Nogales P.R.I.D.E. Award, founder and current president College Bound Nobles Club, captain of Nogales Drone Racing Club. Member in National Honors Society, California Scholarship Foundation, Chess Club, California Regional Solar Boat Competiton, math tudor.

Extra-curricular Activities

Computer programming: C++, Java, Ardunio, Soild Works
2nd. degree brown belt, 8 year Japanese sword student, mentor and instructor for Tiny Tigers at Kenpo Combat Academy .  
Plays piano, oboe, and bass clarinet. 


2017- Present - Internship with California Senator Josh Newman .


We feel this experience will shape Zachary into a more insightful and  grounded individual. My hope is Japan will invigorate his college aspirations and help him towards self dependance. Zachary is loyal and carries devotion. He is mature and well mannered. Yet he is still a child at heart. We know experiancing Japanese culture will create a sense of self-realization.  A self-realization that can only come to a person's attention when submersed in a different culture.  Zachary loves the culture but lacks cognizance .  He is ready to accept what it has to offer. He is ready to empty his teacup so that it may be filled.   Help invest in the shaping of this young man's journey into adulthood.   Any amount will be greatly appreciated . Thank you for taking the time. 

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Zachary Silva 
La Puente, CA