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Ahsan Premee

Associated Press Service

NEW YORK: Oct 29,2015-Souraya Faas, an American of Syrian origin, has filed her candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Although she was a Republican, she said she preferred to run as an independent due to the difficulty in attaining party consensus on a particular candidate.

Faas was born in 1981 in New York to her Syrian father Michael Faas, who migrated from Aleppo in 1971, and to her mother Dolly, who moved to the United States in 1981 from Venezuela.

Faas says her top priority is maintaining U.S. national security.

She holds a degree in political science and a minor in international relations, with a certification in European studies.She has worked in education for 15 years. This article was first published in Arabic.

According to detail of http://www.sourayafaas.com/about-me-2 (Miami, FL) Souraya Dolly Faas has filed her candidacy for President of the United State of America as Independent. Ms. Faas’ candidacy presents the opportunity for a new kind of leadership for the Citizens of United State of America.

“Everyone deserves a fair education, a decent job and the opportunity to prosper,” said Ms. Faas. “Our government should help, not hinder personal and professional growth.”

“As your President, I will change what has become the status quo in our country, the good of a few rather than the good of all. In running for president, I declare my faith in the United State of America that we all deserve, a country that offers the highest quality of public safety, education, employment opportunities, a country that is possible through honest public service and personal integrity,” said Ms. Faas.

Souraya Faas was born on December 19, 1981 in New York City to a middle-class Catholic Syrian American family. Her father, Michael Faas, migrated to Utica New York from Aleppo, Syria in 1971 in search of better opportunities; he later relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Souraya’s mother Dolly was raised in Laguaira, Venezuela and moved to the United States in 1981; Michael and Dolly met while Michael was visiting his uncle in Venezuela. Souraya was baptized Armenian Catholic and was raised in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Souraya attended Regina Pacis Catholic School until 1995 when she moved to Miami, Florida with her family.

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In middle school, Souraya was involved in public speaking and debate, and at the age of 11 she was awarded state recognition for a Susan B Anthony speech she delivered. Having researched the life and influence Susan B. Anthony had on woman’s rights movement, Souraya questioned whether women today truly have equal rights, considering that there’s never been a female president in America. Since then, she was determined that one day she’d want to be the 1st woman president. At 12 years of age, Souraya received 2nd place in New York State for a speech she wrote and delivered on anti-youth violence and ways to reduce crime. In 1994, Souraya was awarded a certificate of appreciation from New York State Division of Youth promoting anti-violence awareness campaign. That same year Souraya received National Social Studies Olympiad Award of Distinction for having participated in National Junior High Social Studies competition that encouraged the appreciation of citizenship in American youth. At age of 13, Souraya was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Catholic Science Council Diocese of Brooklyn and placed third in the State of New York on her outstanding accomplishment in raising awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. In 1995, Souraya received a Citation of Honor awarded by Kings County District Attorney Charles Hines in recognition for her outstanding leadership character and service in promoting progress through justice in the schools and throughout the community.

In the fall of 1995, Souraya Faas moved to Miami and 1996 attended Miami Sunset senior high school, which she graduated from in 1999. During high school, Souraya remained involved in her community and in 1995 she founded St. Jude’s Florida Chapter of National Association of Melkite Youth (NAMY), a youth organization whose main purpose was to develop spiritual leadership, compassion, and devotion through community service and charity. Three years later, Souraya founded the Florida Chapter of Melkite Association of Young Adults (MAYA). Some of the campaigns Souraya helped coordinate included hurricane relief efforts, United Way fundraising, and helping feed the homeless.

Throughout her life Souraya knew that helping others would be an integral part of her career, and that her life-long dream of making a significant impact on the world would be realized through civil service. An ambitious high achiever with a determined, can-do attitude, Souraya attended Florida International University and within two years received her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations, with a certification in European Studies. Souraya also received graduate certifications in Asian studies, regional transgressional on studies as well a dual Masters in Political Science and Sociology (diploma pending). Souraya has worked as a teacher in the Miami Dade County public schools K-12 and adult education for 15 years, teaching all grade levels including adult ESOL, ABE GED, and citizenship. Miss Faas also held a position as a curriculum support specialist with the Miami Dade County Public Schools Division of Adults and Workforce Education. She paid her own way through college by working as a teacher.

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