Students Respond: "What's Shaped You?"

The Burning of my House and my Fears

Ekta, Long Reach HS, Class of 2020

Near devastation and an understanding family allowed Ekta to learn to overcome fear.

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The Truth About Us

Estefania, Long Reach HS, Class of 2020

Instead of believing the stereotypes found in the media, Estefania shares her beautiful stories and memories of her Mexican culture.

The First Year of Aren’s New Life

Aren, Long Reach HS, Class of 2020

Rising above an early traumatic childhood, Aren shares many lessons learned on his journey to truly finding himself.

Turn "I Wish" Into "I Will"

Caline, Long Reach HS, Class of 2020

At ten years old, moving from Lebanon to America without speaking English allowed Caline to reach deep and discover a personal drive that turned her wishes into reality.

My Journey to America

Alex, Wilde Lake HS, Class of 2020

Moving from Cameroon to America presented Alex with a frightening array of challenges as well as an abundance of tremendous friendships.