In Memory of Nabila Maazouz

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Nabila was a ninth grader and much beloved member of the OES community when she died on November 20, 2019. In her memory, her parents, Patty and Mostafa, and older sister Sarah, established the Nabila Maazouz Memorial Fund to support academic excellence, exemplary character, interfaith understanding, and community service programs at OES, the Muslim Education Trust, and in the Hillsboro community. To date, more than $40,000 has been contributed to the Fund, which is now permanently housed at Oregon Community Foundation.

At OES, the Maazouz Family will honor Nabila’s joy in authentic exploration through the Nabila Maazouz Ninth Grade Science Research Award. Each year, the family will select three students whose science research projects and accompanying essay best exemplify the curiosity, gratitude, empathy, and community engagement that defines Nabila’s legacy. The first place honoree will receive $500; second place, $250; and third place, $100. In this inaugural year, a Sophomore Award will also be given in recognition of Nabila’s graduation class. The awards will be presented in May and February, respectively.

To contribute to the Fund, please visit www.nabilasfund.org.

From when she was three years old, one of Nabila’s biggest passions was to become a NASA astronaut, a goal that guided so many of her life choices, including academic excellence, love for space exploration, astronomy, writing, and swimming. As part of Nabila’s love for space, she created the Astronomy Pictures of the Week (APOW), where she narrated her five favorite NASA pictures each week.

In her last entry of her final APOW#75 (Nov. 10, 2019), Nabila described the world as seen from the International Space Station. We share it with you below because her own words sound—at this moment —like a call from Nabila to bring communities together to create a better world.

"Ride aboard the ISS and marvel at the beauty surrounding you. Share that beauty with the world, and let humanity see something more. Let people see the merging of the natural, and manmade worlds in such a way that preserves the beauty of each, yet coming together to create a site [sic] even more beautiful than that of their own separate paths."