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12 years of education has led us to this point in our lives. All we cared about in 1st grade was learning how to add, subtract and climb the monkey bars. Starting to read chapter books in 4th grade seemed like it would be the most difficult thing. 7th grade taught us what it meant to have more than one teacher. This year we were forced to think of a future outside of classroom walls. Now a world of possibilities awaits us as we learn what it means to grow up and be adults.


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18 years of bad habits spark change HANNAHWORKMAN


She sits on the ski lift alongside her father. She takes a look at her surroundings. She sees the frosted trees, she sees the clear sky. Lauren Guerrero, a snowboarder, is mesmerized every time she and her family go to Kirkwood Ski Resort. She’s always remembered her father’s interest in snowboarding; which influenced her to try the sport herself. Though at the time they lived in Arizona, her father encouraged the family to visit California with the purpose of snowboarding together. Guerrero was 12 years old when she went to Kirkwood for the first time. “My dad told me I was going to take a lesson. He bought me a board, a jacket and some pants!” she said. “I hated snowboarding at first.” She explained that when first trying out the sport it wasn’t easy to maintain herself up. But with the help of his father’s prior experience she to learned the “tips and tricks” of snowboarding. After the first trip, snowboarding became more than a sport to them, it became a way for the family to connect together at once. Years later, the Guerrero family moved to California which made the snowboarding trips happen more frequently.

Not all teenagers view health as a priority. With a lack of knowledge or a reliance on food that is considered to be convenient, it could be easy to fall into bad habits. Daniel Navarro is all too familiar with the consequences that such habits bring. Growing up, Navarro admits he did not have the best diet. Years of unhealthy choices eventually caught up to him and led to a startling diagnosis. At nearly 310 lbs, his doctor informed him that he had high blood pressure and was at risk for diabetes. She said that if he did not change his ways, he could end up dead within the next four to five years. While hearing this may have served as a wake-up call for many, it did not for Navarro. He simply laughed, ignorant to the repercussions of his actions. “When you’re young, you have a certain mentality,” he said. “You think it won’t happen to you.”

It wasn’t until one day, several years later, when he couldn’t fit into a pair of jeans and realized he had to make a change. “I broke down and that’s when my journey started,” he said. Navarro did his research. Taking to the internet, he discovered information he hadn’t been aware of before; information that had the potential to improve the quality of his life. He learned how to clean up his diet and make more nutritious choices. He began to go to the gym and work out frequently. After much hard work and dedication, Navarro had lost 100 lbs. Now that he has shed the weight and sees the changes within himself, he encourages others who are at risk to do the same. He urges them to ask a simple question to themselves, one that he asked himself years ago. “Would you rather live to eat or would you rather eat to live?”


After school, Daniel Navarro sits as he eats his healthy lunch which consist of some apples.

Lauren Guerrero and her family gear up in their ski outfits to go down the snow hill at the Kirkwood Resort in which they visit frequently. As the trips became more constant, her two other siblings began their own journey of snowboarding. “My younger sister is the crazy one, she’s willing to do jumps.” What fascinates Guerrero is the speed, the rush of snowboarding rather than performing tricks like her

sister, Juliana. In one of their trips, Guerrero recalls the harsh winds close to a snowstorm, but the family still decided to do snowboard as usual. “My dad and my younger sister were on ski lift, I remember the chairs were rocking,” she said. As she looks up she realized

her sister jumped up from the seat and fell onto the snow. “She didn’t notice she jumped off of a cliff! A puff of snow just came out when she landed.” Guerrero is thankful her father has carried on these trips for years. “Snowboarding brings unity to my family.”


5 years to accomplish future goals SARAABDELTAWAB Whether it’s the club or class, MESA has had a way of impacting a lot of students in a positive way. It’s led many students to become STEM majors after high school. One student, De’Lilah Vega, plans to pursue civil engineering as a career. “I first started MESA in sixth grade at my elementary school,” Vega said. But at the time she didn’t see herself going anywhere with the extra activity. “It was just something that I got to do with my friends,” she said. “As the years went on and I continued to do it I found myself to like it more.” Although it started as

an extra activity for Vega, she says that because of the impact MESA has on her she sees herself pursuing it as a career through civil engineering. Before she realized MESA was in her best interest she wanted to be a lawyer. What made her want to pursue this career is the fact that it’s very handson and it falls into one of her best interest, which is math. Rather than just wanting to pursue it further in life as a career, what also keeps Vega coming back for more is the nerves and excitement that MESA competitions bring her. She says they’re always exciting because she knows how much work and effort she in-

vested into her project. “You could see it in my performance,” she said. “All the stress and hard work paying off.” Vega said that her favorite memory from being in MESA was going to Los Angeles to compete two years in a row because it was a different experience for them. It gave her and a her team a chance to bond more as well as still placing third in state twice. “It just gives you a sense of relief,” Vega said. “You invest so much work, time and effort into a project and it pays off.” For some students, extra activities could be used as a stress reliever, yet Vega says MESA has been


“We were just being funny,” Vega said. “He was holding the prosthetic arm we were competing with and he used it to give him a flower.” both a stress reliever and ironically stressful as well. Vega went on to say that the stress MESA causes her comes from competitions because it could go really good or end up go-

ing really bad. “What helps relax me is the fact that all my friends are there with me,” Vega said. “We could all joke around but at the same time we have

to make sure everything is going good.” She says that her MESA teacher and adviser Andrew Walter also knows how to make competitions enjoyable when he sees everyone stressing out. “He’s able to make jokes and have fun,” Vega said. “But if something goes wrong with one of the projects he knows that he needs to find a solution to it, and he always does.” Vega said that MESA is something she has learned to have a passion for ever since she started it in the sixth grade and that it’s something she’ll always love doing. “It’s let me show what talents I have.”

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Rivalry to love on 14th Class rank contest leads to more between valedictorian and salutatorian SARAABDELTAWAB & STEPHANIEJIMENEZ Going into high school a lot of students don’t pay attention to their class ranking. Although class rank may not be important to many, for two individuals it was the very thing that brought them together and sparked their love. For valedictorian Stephanie Matsumoto and salutatorian Kevin Phan their race to beat each other in being No. 1 took a pause when they realized they were more to each other than just competition. For Matsumoto the drive that pushed her to be valedictorian came from being No. 6 in class rank her freshman year. “I got a C in geometry,” Matsumoto said. “Because of that at times I felt I wouldn’t get myself back up there to the top.” Going into her sophomore year Matsumoto started to move up in rank leaving her at No. 3 by the end of it. She says she fought hard to do whatever she could to raise herself back at No. 2, and so she did. “I was satisfied with being salutatorian at the time because I felt accomplished from having a C my freshman year to being No. 2,” Matsumoto said. It was near the end of junior year when Matsumoto started dating the valedictorian at the time, Kevin Phan. “Even before we started dating we were pretty competitive,” Matsumoto said. They would compare their work they would see who did better. Starting their senior year, news spread that Matsumoto was now ranked No. 1 in class rank. Although she feels guilty because she knows it made Phan upset, they still worked through it in the end.


Things like this made Matsumoto feel that she should give her spot as valedictorian up to Phan. Although she lets the guilt get to her at times she says working to be No. 1 makes it all more satisfying. Kevin Phan, Matsumoto’s “competition” never expected himself to place up high in his class rank. Enter-

ing his freshman year he wasn’t so familiar with what a grade point average was. “In the end of first semester is when I found out I was No. 1 in the class,” he said. It was never his goal yet after many comments from others he began to consider working hard in order to stay at valedictorian. “I was just meeting my parents needs. It was just like if it happens it happens.” It wasn’t until his junior year when he was determined to maintain his position as No. 1. When it came to choosing his classes, he admits he didn’t prioritize honors or advanced courses over subjects he wanted to learn. Phan has followed through with Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement giving up other courses that would strengthen his GPA. One of the classes that put him behind Matsumoto was AP Calculus. Although he didn’t continue with his consistent A’s he doesn’t regret taking that class. “I wanted to learn, I want to have a purpose in taking a class,” he said. After finding out he was No. 2, Phan felt as if he let down the people and teachers that were “rooting” for him. “I felt disappointed in myself, but I can safely say the only person I come second to is my girlfriend.” With the time left of his senior year, Phan reflects to his freshman days. “When people found out I was No. 1 they were surprised. I didn’t feel any smarter than anyone else.” He walks away from high school feeling humble and thankful. “I just have to keep doing what I’m doing.” Phan looks forward to his transition in University of California, Davis. “In all honesty I don’t care much whether I was No. 1 or 2,” Matsumoto said. “Our relationship matters more to me than those numbers and titles do.”

1 month of tragedy Born 20 Kunz and her family form strong bonds through adversity SAMANTHABAKER Although family can sometimes be a pain, they’re the only one we’ve got. Serena Kunz understands this more than most. After losing her parents she’s grown a lot closer to her siblings and family. Kunz’s father was in the Navy and suddenly passed away when Kunz was 5 years old. His passing hit her family hard, especially her mother,

who sought comfort at the bottom of bottles and cans, which quickly started to litter the living room table and surrounding area. “I kind of lost my mom the same time I lost my dad.” Her big sister, Monica, had to step in and take care of Kunz and her little sister, Jessica. Despite her dissociation their mother would stress how important school is. “For her not to care


Kunz is the editor-in-chief and page designer. During the deadline, Kunz copy edited the entire yearbook.

about anything but that, it’s a big impact on why I try to do as much as I can.” Kunz’s mother passed away when she was 13 years old. It was January, the same month her father died eight years earlier. Despite the tragedy, Kunz has grown closer to her two sisters and are always there for one another. “No matter how much we argue or how much we disagree we are closer than a lot of siblings are because of it.” In high school she enrolled in yearbook her sophomore year like Monica, wanting to show her up. She worked hard to become an editor half way through her first year. Now she is the editor-in-chief. While it’s been hard work leading the staff, from designing pages, to teaching her “munchkins” everything they need to know, Kunz has had a busy yet gratifying year. Kunz’s drive comes from her late mother’s wish for them to do well in school, and her own desire to prove herself. “It’s made me so much stronger than a lot of people.”

minutes apart LESLIECORONADO Did you change clothes? If one gets hurt, does the other feel it? I thought I was seeing double! These are only some of the many questions that have plagued the twins Kelley and Patricia McGinnis. At first it was irritating to be asked such questions constantly on a day to day basis, but after a while the two learned to brush it off and joke around with it. Particularly when they were younger, the two would sometimes say the exact same thing at the same time on accident. Using it to their advantage they would play tricks on others and get a good laugh out of it. One instance of this was when their brother’s friend came to their house, they tilted their heads and greeted him, imitating the creepy twins from the famous scene in “The Shining” and freaked the boy out. “You gotta have fun if you’re a twin,” Patricia said. However, the two were never able to switch classes as the teachers were always able to tell them apart, despite their classmates not being able to. Yet despite all the advantages of being a twin, one oftentimes associates twins as being identical in both looks and personality, meaning that they used to be lumped together rather than being thought of as individuals. It was a bit discouraging to be thought of as one


Imitating the twins from “The Shining,” Kelley and Patricia McGinnis tilt their heads and recreate one of their favorite pranks. person rather than two. So the two take care to distinguish themselves as such. Patricia tries to differentiate herself by dressing differently than Kelley by typically wearing darker clothes than the latter, who tends to dress more femininely. She also prefers to play video games, whereas Kelley prefers to attend concerts and the like. Kelley also tends to be more shy and closed off than her twin. And while being a twin might be strange to some, because it means having a person that looks exactly like you, it’s not as different as one would think. It does give them a closer bond, though, because they often go through the same things together at the same time. “It’s just like having an older or younger sibling, they’re still annoying but you love them anyways,” Kelley said.


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Value of a number Though numbers go on to infinity, each digit can have its own worth. That worth is determined by the individual who is connected to that specific number. Whether it is a jersey number, birthday or favorite grade, each number carries significant meaning.


“Whenever I’m stressed, boxing helps me relax and I know that 5 years from now when I’m pro I won’t be as stressed.”

“At a young age I had to learn how to take care of 6 siblings on my own and it helped me mature faster.” TYLERGOODWIN




“When we were 7 we met each other and that’s when our friendship grew eventually leading us to become siblings.”


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“My mother passed away on the 23rd of last month, and she gave me strength even after she was gone. Rather than spiral into a depression, I continued to pursue my education and strive for my best.” THOMASNEAL



“Why try anything again, if I try something 1 time I won’t do it a second.“ MAXWELLSALISBURY

2 “2 means a pair and a pair is always better than one.” HELENALCAUTER

14 “Not having my father around is tough but when I think of 14 it’s like he’s here with me motivating me to keep going.” ALEXISFIGUEROA


“4 years ago I took my life back. Looking back and seeing how I dealt with being in bad shape motivates me to keep going now.” J’CEYONNADESOTO


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Creativity flows at 13 SAMANTHABAKER


Marco Luna practices his solo piece, “Elgar’s Cello Concerto: Adagio, Third Movement,” for the end of the year concert on May 16.

6 instruments learned

Luna’s music passion overcomes lack of support


Communicating with one’s parents may almost feel like trying to read a different key signature in music. While one can only read bass clef, the other only knows treble, preventing them from understanding one another. Unable to express himself, Marco Luna, was once like a note behind bars before finally being able to express himself. Luna was first exposed to musical instruments through his sister. In elementary school, the siblings shared a room and she often had Luna critique her playing the violin. His interest soon grew once he saw her perform with the Stagg Orchestra. “I saw one of her performances and I remember thinking that it sounded amazing and it introduced the world of music for me.” Soon after, Luna joined his elementary school music program and decided to learn flute and cello. Thanks to his music teacher’s support he also took on clarinet, bass clarinet, guitar, piano, and violin as well. However, Luna didn’t receive support from everyone, including his own parents. Luna’s parents were raised in a small town in Mexico and had very traditional beliefs. Rather than playing music and sports, they wanted him to focus on getting work experience. “I’m told I shouldn’t do something that’s going to

take up more time out of my schedule and isn’t going to help my future.” At one point Luna was considering majoring in music education but was told by his parents to find a job that would actually support him. Though they no longer have a problem with the idea, it was especially hard for him to express himself in the past. “My sister tried violin here and she ended up having to drop the class because my parents didn’t support her.” Luna may have been on the same track if not for one incident with his sister. A few days after she had turned 18, she left the house and didn’t come back for a while. “She didn’t tell anyone she was leaving, packed a few outfits, and left her phone so there was no way to contact her,” Luna said. “That’s when they kind of asked themselves, ‘what did we do wrong?’” After the incident, Luna noticed that his parents became more lenient and learned to accept his interest in music. The moment made consider Luna’s feelings rather than dismissing his hobbies as irrelevant. For his final year, Luna took advantage of activities he could only do in high school and focus on other responsibilities later. “There’s like other things throughout my day that I feel like I have to do; I have do homework. I have to go home and clean, I have to take care of the kids, make sure dinner’s ready,” Luna said. “I feel like music and sports are things that I get to do for myself.”

Brown. Blue. Green. Millions of combinations in between. Eyes are one of the most striking features of people. Because of their expressiveness, eyes are the primary focus of most of Margarita Thomas’ artworks. Although she had been interested in art the majority of her life, she didn’t fully immerse herself until the ninth grade. In elementary school she created her own pieces as a way to cope with and ignore ridicule from her peers. Taking a break in middle school, she was soon roped into creating art again during ninth grade after attending art class. Now she has painted and sketched at least 100 pieces of art, and counting. Thomas’ creations feature females with large, detailed and expressive eyes. She is inspired by artists such as Strangeling and Margaret Keane, another female artist whose style centers around doe eyes. She wants emotion to ex-

ude from her artworks. “You can always tell how a person is feeling through their eyes.” Thomas first sketches out the whole image before outlining in pen, shading with colored pencils, and finally bringing the piece to life with watercolors. It typically takes her one to two hours to complete one of her artworks, depending on how detailed a piece she is creating. Thomas relates to the girls in her paintings, releasing her anger or sadness through every stroke of the paintbrush. “I just paint and draw really bad when I’m in a good mood,” Thomas said with a smile, “When I’m in a bad mood it just all comes out.” Even though she loves creating artwork, Thomas is pursuing law. She still plans to share her art through her Instagram page, Pinky Poppy Art. She also sells pieces occasionally, to acquaintances or at the library. Thomas wants to be an inspiration for others, inspire others like they’ve inspired her.


The art depicted is one of Thomas’ favorite pieces, because of the amount of emotion it shows.

4 years of friendship through rapping HANNAHWORKMAN & STEPHANIEMATSUMOTO Music is thought to be a universal language. It has the power to transcend cultural boundaries, the power to unite us in spite of our differences. It makes us realize that we’re not alone, that perhaps the struggles we face aren’t as disparaging as we may think. Josiah Blevins got into rapping in fifth grade after being influenced by his favorite artists, Michael Jackson and Eminem. As he grew, his passion also grew, and by freshman year he wrote full songs. The first time he posted his music publicly was during his junior year. Though he wasn’t sure what people would think of it, the overall reception was positive. “I love making music and there can be people out there that relate to this and feel better.” Creating music is an outlet that allows him to vent. Blevins usually writes love songs but has also written a few about his mother. In one rap called “Ma,”


Steed (left) looks over his lyrics one last time before recording his verse on a song entitled “Heartstrings” with Blevins. he uses the situation they were going through to spur creativity. “Rap is helping me with school and I know that one day someone might be listening to my music and wondering how I began.” Rap also allowed him to make a connection with one of his best friends,

Christopher Steed. They met at football conditioning before freshman year and began writing lyrics together during class. “We go through similar stuff and we’ve seen each other through our good moments, our bad moments,” Blevins said. Though Steed has had an interest in

rap since he was a child, favoring artists such as N.W.A and Tupac, he accredits Blevins for encouraging him to pursue the craft. “I don’t think I would have been a rapper or even known that I could rap without Josiah’s help,” he said. The first track Steed shared with the public was called “Novocaine” and it received a positive response from listeners. “My friends are always telling me that I should produce more music,” Steed said. Their words encourage him to continue pursuing his dream. Like Blevins, creating music is an outlet for Steed to unleash his emotions during difficult times. “Writing helps me get out of my own head.” Through their shared passion, the two have established a connection that will transcend high school. “I feel like rapping has brought us closer,” Steed said. “We probably would have been as close as we are now if we weren’t rapping, but that made it easier to form our bond.”

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Molina and Herrera grew closer after playing on the soccer team JULIAROSETE

At 8 years old, Daniel Herrera and Felix Molina didn’t think that playing for the same team meant anything other than being teammates. They treated one another as nothing more than a friendly face on the field. “When he first joined the team, I just treated him like anyone else on the team,” Molina said about Herrera. “That’s how it always worked. If you’re a new member on the team, we just start messing with you, having conversations with you.” When freshman year came around, that changed dramatically. After playing with each other on and off for almost six years, the two finally became friends after playing together on their high school team. For them, their friendship was just natural. “If I didn’t play soccer or he didn’t play soccer, we might not even be friends,” Herrera said. “But since we do and we go to the same school, we just connect.” From there, their friendship only grew, now to the point where they hang out almost every day. The two said that at this point, they can just call each other

to do just about anything, from playing Fortnite to taking a trip to Six Flags on a random weekend. Both both grew up with a passion for playing the sport that stemmed from different things. Herrera looked up to his brother who was already playing for a club team. “I guess my parents just wanted to put me in soccer too,” he said. “While he was playing, they put me in with him.” For Molina, he couldn’t stop kicking the ball around. “I really just liked playing it as a kid so I begged my mom and dad to put me on a soccer team,” he said. Their friendship has even affected how they play with each other on different teams. Since they played different positions on their high school team compared to their other team, they had to make adjustments. “With the outside team, we’ve been playing throughout the whole year,” Herrera said. “We adjust to a system, and we know how to play with each other. At high school, I played left or right wing while he played center back. We weren’t really connected as much, we didn’t real-


Practicing some drills together, Molina and Herrera work on improving their skills. The two have known each other for 10 years, but grew closer after playing on the same team throughout high school. ly talk as much on the field.” They are never afraid to tell the other if they made a mistake. Herrera said Molina will always tell him if he sees that he’s slacking off and not doing his job, pushing him to do his best no matter what happens in the game. “I begged my mom and dad to put me on a soccer team,” he said. “ I just started playing soccer since.” For their outside team, now playing the same position, they rely on each other more than before. “I cover his back,

and he covers mine,” Molina said. “It helps you know that you have someone there to rely on.” The years they’ve played with each other has driven them to sometimes already know what they are thinking before they can tell each other. “We do the communication just to make sure the other is paying attention,” Molina said. “We don’t even have to talk sometimes,” Herrera said. “We just know, and I can always count on him.”

Winning since 9 Lucky number 3 Munoz started swimming at 5 years old, achieving one of her proudest accomplishments at 9 HANNAHWORKMAN She leans back, toes and fingers gripping the edge of the rough diving board. She takes a deep breath and clears her mind as she prepares herself for the commencement of her event. Amanda Munoz has been a star on Stagg’s aquatics teams throughout her entire high school career. Participating in both swim and water polo, Munoz has found that she has a special affinity for all things aquatic.


Pushing off the diving block, Amanda Munoz dives in, after her teammate finishes, to complete the relay.


Shy and timid. Those While she can’t recall what got her are the words that used to interested in competing, she believes she describe Lizzete Ramos in has always felt drawn to the water, pro- her freshman year of high school, before she joined claiming it as her “element.” “When I was growing up, there was wrestling. one thing I loved and that was water,” Originally she did Munoz said. “Whether it was oceans, cross country and only lakes or rivers, I just wanted to be there.” joined wrestling because At 3 years old she began to learn a football coach recomhow to swim. She can remember her mended she try it. grandfather putting her on his shoul- “My first thoughts ders, explaining the principles of diving. were ‘Okay, what is there By the time she was 5, Munoz began to lose?’” Nothing, in fact there to compete in summer leagues. One of her proudest accomplish- was everything to be ments came at the age of 9. That year, gained as Ramos discovnot only did Munoz take part in the Ju- ered a love for the sport nior Olympics, but she was bumped up she never thought to try. to compete against girls in the 10-13 age “If it wasn’t for wrestling I wouldn’t have gone bracket. “Out of 13 competitors, I placed to Oregon, and I probaninth,” Munoz said. She was proud of bly wouldn’t have gotten herself for holding her own against girls a scholarship,” Ramos said. “It really opened up who were older and bigger than her. “I will always carry that with me a huge chapter.” allowed and I still have the ribbon,” she said. “I Wrestling Ramos to show exactly don’t care if I didn’t get first or second. I what she was capable of fought for my place and pushed for it.” doing, because it was a At the high school level, Munoz has one-on-one sport, from received many other accolades, includher strengths to her weaking Most Valuable Player. “There’s something special about nesses. having a team on the other side of the It also gave her an pool screaming at you to go and push incredible boost of confiyourself,” she said. “My team became dence and changed everything for her. my family.” She loves the intensi-

ty in the wrestling room and the pure aggression that’s needed for the sport, namely because it gives her a way to take out all of her anger and frustration out. One of the other impacts that wrestling had on her was giving her the courage to overcome her fears and to be bold and open about herself, willing to state her thoughts and opinions no matter what anyone else thinks. “It made me realize that there’s so much in the world.” It also gave her the opportunity to see differ-

ent types of mindsets, and the motivation to continue bettering herself. It gave her the confidence to want to try and experience new things as well. The sport leaves her with a thirst to continue improving because, while she is ranked No. 1 in the district, there is always going to be someone better than her. Meaning there is always room for more practice, and more perfecting. “There’s not a day, minute, or second that go by without me thinking about wrestling.”


Lizzete Ramos chooses to go into a bottom position during the 2nd period to earn 1 escape point.


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8 Seniors

As time runs out, we senior staff members of the Stagg Line take a look back on how we’ve progressed. The cherished memories made offer guidance for the future.

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With time I’ve learned it’s not how you bowl but how you roll. ALBERTOVALENCIA

With time I’ve learned who I am, I’ve learned it’s okay to swim a different current.

With time I’ve learned to become my own hero.



With time I’ve learned that the world is in the palm of my hand.

With time I’ve learned no matter what I pursue as a major, reading and writing will always be two passions that I never want to give up.



With time I’ve learned to blossom as a individual and grow to be proud of myself.

With time I’ve learned that in life instead of suffering with pain you should write it down on paper and move on.



With time I’ve learned to write my own story. LESLIECORONADO

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