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“My greatest accomplishment this year was learning new things. I’m taking an ASL class because I am deaf, and I’m also trying to be fluent in a language that I’m a part of. It has been something that has helped me, and I definitely want to be an influence on [others]. [Some difficulties I had along the way were] my grades. In high school, things are very different from middle school, so it’s tough to keep up with my grades. Because of the masks, I couldn’t understand my teacher and what they were saying. At the beginning of the school year, I had doubts that I’d graduate because I’m deaf, but I feel pretty good looking back on how far I’ve come. If you’re struggling, don’t give up. Just take one step at a time and see where it takes you.” — Elle Keely, 9

Elle Keely

May 20, 2022
“The greatest advice that I’ve received was, ‘Every step thats a failure is closer to success.’ This [advice] has helped [me] push past tough times such as depression and mental illness. I thought about it myself. When I started my investing company, I had many failures. My inspiration is Elon Musk. He spent millions, soon billions of dollars, trying to develop Space X, and when he did, he was almost bankrupt. So the quote comes from not giving up even when failure is on your way. It [has] allowed me to see things in a better shape.” — Steven Cheng, 9

Steven Cheng

May 18, 2022
“The biggest influence in my life would have to be my mom. She’s very hardworking and gets things done for herself and others. My mom beat [breast] cancer. It showed me how strong she is and how she can push through [hard times]. [I remember] I had a lot going on in the eighth-grade year, and she helped me push through that and be the person I am now. [Without her] I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am now because she helped me be a better person.” — Alex Hurley, 9

Alex Hurley

May 16, 2022
“The greatest struggle that I had in my life was my cousins death last year. He had gotten into a bad car accident, and the doctors said he died from internal bleeding. After he passed, I was becoming slowly depressed, and I just felt like I had lost myself. But, after he passed, I grew close with my brother. He helped me by just rebuilding my energy and making me feel me. We would play video games or play basketball. Eventually, I got better at accepting his death, and I felt like I could continue. Although I miss him, I’m glad my relationship with my brother grew. He helped me see the bright side of it all. I became at peace with it.” 
- Keshawn Butler, 9

Keshawn Butler

May 9, 2022
“My biggest supporter throughout this year has been my dad. Specifically, when I got my first job. He’s helped me with my schedule and adjusting to balancing work, life and school. [For instance,] I remember one time we got back from a trip and I was really stressed because it was going to be my first week of work right after school. I worked until 8 [p.m.]. I was feeling stressed, so my dad sat me down at the dinner table and helped me devise a plan to manage time and keep me motivated. He’s been focused on my future and how I’m going to be successful, like saving money for a car and for college. I know that when my dad was in college he had to pay for his own college tuition. He worked multiple jobs on top of school, which made me realize that I have it so much better with easier conditions. It makes me think I can to do this, and with all his support, I now am more motivated to succeed even with the difficulties.” – Noor Mahmud, 9

Noor Mahmud

April 22, 2022
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