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Karissa Houkayem ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • International Academy Amman (IAA)
  • Women's Track
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Karissa Houkayem's Women's Track Recruiting Profile
Nadi Amman
Prim. Position:
Sec. Position:
5.0 m
9.55 m

Personal Statement

I have always been that coachable, bubbly, friendly, positive, hardworking, team-spirited, and energetic Lebanese teenager who is always been passionate about Track and Field. All my life, I studied and lived in Jordan. In an Arab country such as Jordan, I have learned to respect and accept different types of people and races and interact with people from all nationalities, backgrounds, and cultures.

As a kid, I always saw myself as the Olympian gymnast who is going to rule the gymnastics Olympic. But as time passed by, I’d felt like I was not where I’m supposed to be. One of my dearest friends asked me to join one of the Track and Field afterschool activity and that was how my journey started. The coach was very impressed and really thought I had the potential to become something in Track and Field and break Jordanian, if not, international records. Track and Field then became my number 1 priority, causing my grades to decrease, and this was where I knew I needed to push myself and work harder (which is what I’m doing at the moment). Track and Field is my primary source of serotonin and happiness, it is what washes the darkness off of me and helps me stay focused.

It was one of my biggest accomplishments to be able to join one of the best Track and Field clubs in Jordan. I joined this club in early 2020, practiced intensively for 2 months, and went to a national competition in March where I placed first in triple jump and 4x100M relay and second in long jump. Sadly, we had to quarantine after, causing all gyms, clubs, and sports halls to close. The pandemic caused me a tough time being able to keep up with my sports, but I always exercised and ran around the house, and found any way to keep myself fit and in an athletic body. Everything reopened in June, and I went back and continued excessive training.

Even though I still have time to think of what I want for my future since I’m a sophomore,  I’ve made up my mind from now. I’m eager and determined to work to be the best version of myself and be able to learn in the best and strongest universities regarding both sports and academics.


High School Information

  • 2020 Freshman Team
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  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All-Area
  • Team Awards:
    National 2nd Place, Regional Champs, Sectional Champs, Conference Champs
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 1 seasons
  • 2018 Nadi Amman (N/A)
  • Notes: A national club that competes with other clubs all over Jordan. One of the best and most determined clubs.
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Coach Hussein Fuddi

Additional Sports

  • Basketball
  • F
  • 5 Years
  • Sophomore Team
  • Varsity Team Captain (grades 7-10), MVP in the U18 and U16 OASIS tournament (2019). Competed internationally (Spain 2018)
  • Gymnastics
  • F
  • 8 Years
  • Freshman Team
  • Team Captain (grades 6-9), 2nd in the beam and floor, 1st in the vault. Competed internationally (Dubai 2017)
  • Volleyball
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Freshman Team
  • Team Captain (grade 9). 2nd in club tournaments.



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High School Information

High School:
International Academy Amman (IAA)

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Discrete Physical Health Education Discrete Biology Discrete Physics Discrete Chemistry
AP Classes:
Yes. IB School
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Honor Roll Awards (grades 6-9). Academic achievements in: Mathematics
  • Award
    • Physical Health Education
  • Award
    • Chemistry
  • Award
    • Social Studies
  • Award
    • Religion. Top 5 in persuasive writing and Mathematics in the ISA test (International Schools' Assessment Test) in 2018 and 2020.
  • Activity
    • Internship in 'Al Ribat Fitness' gym (Summer 2019). Internship in a diet and nutrition health center (Doc. Aline Nashef). 2-week architecture course in the fashion week workshop (2019) 5-day online workshop 'Think Art & Design!' (2021) Model United Nations as delegate (5 experiences
  • Activity
    • one best delegate). Model United Nations as chair (1 experience). Student Representative Council (grade 8). 2 years in Cervantes (Spanish center). Piano grade 3 and still going. Ballroom Dancing in Arthur Murray (Silver) Traditional Dabkeh Dancing 2 years (2-time Performance) Hip-hop dancing (Freeway Dance Academy) Mountain Hiking

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