This is why Qasim was called as 2024 Salem Grad

SALEM, MA — Graduation is a major milestone and one worth celebrating! That’s why Patch and T-Mobile have teamed up to recognize our community’s outstanding 2024 graduates.

This submission comes from Jill El-Ashkar, who nominated Qasim from Salem, MA.

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Name of graduate


What grade does the graduate complete?

Bachelor – Faculty

What school is your student graduating from?

UMass Boston

How do you know your graduating student candidate?


Tell us why they deserve to be nominated!

Qasim has maintained an average of 3.98 points in the last 3 three years. He continued his love of soccer with the UMass men’s soccer team for 3 years after transferring from Springfield College.

As the starting goaltender, he led his team to the 2022 LEC Championship as well as its first regular-season men’s soccer conference title since 2016 in 2023. He had to fight through two injuries to get back in top shape for 2023 season.

In addition to his academic and athletic schedule, he worked and interned full-time at MGB as an exercise physiologist in the Cardiac program.

His commitment to succeed and persevere, whether in academics, sports, or in his pursuit of being a nurse, never ceased to amaze his family and friends. We are all extremely proud and honored to see him graduate.

What is one thing you want everyone to know about the student nominee?

His dedication to his family, friends, schoolmates, roommates and coaches is unparalleled. Treats everyone with respect, dignity and equality.

What’s one thing you want everyone to know about the star local student?

Congratulations on your achievements and all our best wishes for the future, Qasim El-Ashkar!

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