Alaa El-Saad: America’s Beauty Is In Its Diversity


In sixth grade, Alaa El-Saad decided to start wearing a hijab, the religious head covering for Muslim women. Despite some trepidation, she found her classmates supported her choice. Now El-Saad believes being different is part of being American.

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Fifteen-year-old Alaa El-Saad is a student at John B. Connally High School in Austin, Texas. She hopes to study medicine and become a pediatrician. El-Saad says she wants help children learn to embrace their differences and accept who they are.