Carmel Valley student recognized by The National Society of High School Scholars


Recognizing his academic achievements, the National Society of High School Scholars recently welcomed Carmel Valley student Ahmadreza Saffari Far as a member of the Atlanta-based organization. Founded in 2002, the organization is an honor society that recognizes top academic achievers from high schools around the world.

“This means a lot to me,” Ahmadreza said. “It proves that I can have a future here. There are many opportunities here.”

Born in Tehran, Iran, Ahmadreza moved to the United States in January 2014 and started at Torrey Pines High School in the second semester of his sophomore year. Since then, he has quickly made a mark on the campus and the Carmel Valley community.

Initially, Ahmadreza was designated as an English Language Development I student with all sheltered classes. When he starts his senior year in the fall, he will be taking four Advanced Placement classes and two other classes.

In addition to excelling in the classroom, Ahmadreza is involved on the campus and in the community.

At school, Ahmadreza is a member of Torrey Pines Interact Club, Torrey Pines IT Club and American Red Cross, having volunteered about 60 hours in the local community. Outside of school, he is also an active member of 1st Saturdays, a local nonprofit that helps the homeless, and the OMID Foundations, an organization that works to transform the lives of women and girls in Iran.

After high school, Ahmadreza wants to study computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“My only goal, from when I was a little child, is to make technology easy-to-access, useful and affordable for all the people in the world, so they can have a better life,” he said.