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Presentation Academy Essay Winner Leah Brockman


/ By Leah Brockman, 10th grade

A lot of kids don’t know why they love their school, or even if they love their school. I truly love mine. It accepts you for who you are. I had a hard time deciding what school to go to, so my parents chose for me. They chose the school that I didn’t want to go to, but I am glad they did! Four years ago, I was diagnosed with scoliosis, and also found out that my back was fractured. I had to wear a back brace for three years. The first day of school, I was self-conscious about my brace. When I met everyone, I realized it was like I wasn’t even wearing a brace. No one seemed to notice, and they all accepted me for me. Nobody made fun of me. My school is very supportive! Recently, I had major back surgery to correct my curvature, and unhealed fractures. I was out of school for a month. While I was in the hospital, my coaches and schoolmates came to see me. I got cards from classmates, teachers, and even the principle. Once back in school, my teachers did everything they could to help. They were all very patient, and understanding. My classmates proved their love again by ignoring my scar. To them, I am the same person as I was before. My school really cares about me, and every student that goes there. It is O.K. to be unique and different. My school helps you with the small things in life, and life changing events. The teachers never give up on you, and push you as far as they know you can be pushed. Each teacher takes their time to learn about each student because they care, and they want you to succeed in life.

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