CLEVELAND — Mussa Wisova is a shining example of what can happen when potential, opportunity and motivation intersect at school.
The 16-year-old John Marshall School of Information Technology (JMIT) junior goes far for education. He walks three miles to and from school every day. Each step brings him closer to his dream.
“I want to be a scientist more than anything,” smiles Wisova.
Her parents walked the distance for the American dream; the family immigrated to Cleveland from Tanzania in 2016.
“For me, like English, I didn’t even know the alphabet,” he said.
He and his siblings studied a neighbor’s children’s books to learn English.
Now Wisova is studying physics and quantum science, and hopes to go to MIT.
“It’s the only university I want to go to, and it’s really hard,” he said. “So I’m really pushing forward to get there.”
Wisova said it wasn’t until he came to Cleveland and was exposed to teachers and opportunities that he fully realized his talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and science. mathematics.
“I think the role of a teacher is to see the talent, bring it out, and expose it to the resources available in the district,” said JMIT teacher Daisy Pedavada.
At JMIT, Wisova had the opportunity to take AP courses, participate in partnerships in the healthcare industry, and receive training in web development, to name a few.
He also started his own SAT prep club and recruited other kids to join.
“He’s so dedicated,” Pedavada said.
“I love learning,” Wisova said.
He is an educator who first spoke to News 5 about Wisova; impressed by his talent and tenacity. They also wanted to show the opportunities for children to excel in Cleveland and how much they mean to the students and teachers who work with them.
Wisova says he wants to stay in Cleveland for his professional career if the right opportunity presents itself.
He embodies the potential of so many young minds and the importance of going all the way to help everyone discover and achieve their dreams.
“We all have dreams, but that’s how hard you work to achieve them,” Wisova said.
Speaking of opportunity, Wisova is trying to establish a summer research program with IBM’s first private sector onsite quantum computer at the Cleveland Clinic.
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