You've got until January 11 to vote on popular facebook group, Lebanese in the US & Canada, for who you think is the Lebanese American of the Year. With five pretty qualified candidates in the running, it'll be interesting to see how this one pans out. And so without further adieu, I present to you the bachelors—erm—candidates.
1. Sam Salamey
Posing with an American flag flying proudly in the background, Sam Salamey is the typical all-American man—a hotshot lawyer and the first ever Arab American District Court Attorney in the history of the U.S. And if that doesn't convince you of his worth, just check out that fabulous tie. Such a win.
2. George G. Dfouni
Musician, humanitarian, graduate of Oxford University and ardent lover of suits (at least I'd like to think so), Dfouni's most notable achievement, besides his best selling album Sett El Kell, is the fact that he's raised over $1 million for refugees and homeless in Lebanon and Syria. Not bad Dfouni. Not bad at all.
3. Hussein M Hachem
A candidate for a B.S in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology from Wayne State University , Hachem is only 24 and already has numerous awards under his belt for his volunteer work—including the 2011 President Obama "Call To Service" Award. What have you done with your life?
4. Moose M. Scheib
Probably my pick for Lebanese American of the year, Scheib is the Founder & CEO of LoanMod.com, and has helped over 10,000 families avoid foreclosure. Just when you think he couldn't get any awesome, Schieb has also co-founded the Michigan Arab Orchestra and is a certified lawyer. It's like a triple whammy.
5. Samy Meroueh
Last but not certainly not least, Meroueh is an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University . He's recently received a $720,000 grant for his works in cancer research. And if that's not worth a nomination, I don't know what is.
Now the majority of these candidates are no doubt deserve the title "Lebanese American of the Year." Yet I've got to question the selection process. Why aren't there any women listed? And what makes these men more worthy of note than others? I guess that remains to be seen.
( George G. Dfouni)