Ali read a poem he wrote to his classmates and parents at a poetry party in school. As Shrouq and Mohammed listened, their faces were beaming and after the party some of the first words out of their mouths were how proud of him they were. Ali, a first grader, has a knack for school. Mohammed proudly describes how smart his son is when Ali is out of hearing range. One of his teachers, Casey McDonald, remembers playing a math game called ‘Brains versus Calculators.’ Ali beat them with his brain by quickly shouting, “100,” in answer to 76 + 24.