Sonia

“I am half white and half Asian, specifically Indian. And both my parents are immigrants. So growing up in the United States is a completely unique experience for me.”

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Ameyir // 12th grade

“I will show the world there’s more than just black and white. And I will use my degree and voice to make sure that people are seen in this world and heard.”

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Sofia // 9th grade

“Dance is an art form in which you can express feeling without a single word. It is a place in which not everything has to be understood to be received.”

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Lina // 9th grade

“I’ve grown up in Minnesota. But it’s not all that I’ve known. My dad is Tunisian. I have two half siblings who live in Tunisia along with his whole side of the family.”

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Kaliah // 11th grade

“My dad is someone who supports my dream. I started drawing. I would come home and show my dad and he would say, ‘looks great kid, keep up with the good work’.”

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Murwat // 11th grade

“Growing up there have been times where I felt small felt as if I didn’t matter. I still think like that sometimes, but I believe it’s worth considering how we matter as people.”

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Sunde // 9th grade

“Interacting with strangers on the subway is one of the simple joys I found in life because it reminds me that we’re all in this together.”

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Sammy // 11th grade

“In order to imagine a better would mean working towards a more just an inclusive society, where all other individuals have equal rights and opportunities regardless of their background.”

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Jorja // 12th grade

“I sought to connect with those who may have faced a similar battle, reassuring them that they were not alone. And for myself, I learned to understand and forgive my dad.”

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Josefina // 5th grade

“Frida Kahlo is a trailblazer. I look up to her. Frida shows me that I can do anything I put my mind to. She shows me to be fierce when things are tough.”

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