Arija Martin’s leadership and drive to excel have been defining features of her experience at Indian Creek, where she has been able to follow her passions and interests. “My favorite aspect of Indian Creek is the amount of flexibility I have to be active in various clubs and activities while still being able to excel in my schoolwork,” she shares.
Arija’s impact at Indian Creek has ranged from her participation in the performing arts, to her commitment to social activism and community service, to her interest in government and public policy. She founded the School's Black Student Alliance, which advances the dismantling of racism in the community and promotes education on racial inequality through regular forums and outreach.
While she has been heavily involved in community service outside of school - Martin has given over 500 hours of community service in her high school years—and has also been involved with the Key Club, served as a student ambassador for the admissions office, and managed Eagle sports teams.
Martin has also developed her leadership skills at Indian Creek and used them in numerous roles, such as president of the local chapter of Jack and Jill America, intern with World Learning Inc. in the External Engagement & Advocacy and Human Resources Unit, and Youth Ambassador and Peer Mentor in the U.S. State Department. She also serves as an intern for Senator Mary Washington of Baltimore. “Indian Creek has given me the space to grow as a leader and helped me learn how to advocate for myself,” said Martin. “I have been able to use the skills I have learned from ICS and apply them.”
Academically, Martin has nurtured her interest in government and public policy at ICS while also enjoying her English and science courses. “Although science is not my strongest subject, Biology and AP Biology have been some of my favorite classes because of Mrs. Roth,” said Martin. “She always find a way to make everything she teaches engaging and is always so supportive. Mr. Monack’s AP Language & Composition and English 12 classes are another favorite of mine because he always pushes us to be our best and has helped me to become a better writer.”
Martin has also been heavily involved with the Indian Creek theater program and credits Mrs. Woodward and Mr. McCormick with fostering her love of Broadway. She plans to dance on the side in college while putting her primary focus on studying International Relations and Public Policy. After college, she aspires to work in government as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Indian Creek has given Arija the strong foundation and supportive community she needs to continue her leadership and excellence next year at University of Southern California.
“ICS is overwhelmingly supportive in every area and always has its students’ best interests in mind,” she shares. “I could never ask for a better school community.”