Shaolyn Robinson: NC Central Class of 2023

Shaolyn Robinson: NC Central Class of 2023

  Like a lot of little girls, Shaolyn Robinson dreamed of becoming a singer, “but I can’t sing now,” she says with a laugh. When she was in middle school she thought physical therapy sounded like a promising career choice, “but I really just liked the idea of the...
Erika Ajqui-Zapil, GTCC Class of 2023

Erika Ajqui-Zapil, GTCC Class of 2023

In spring 2020, Erika Ajqui-Zapil was poised to graduate from Smith High School with a nursing certification. She planned to go to work in a nursing home while applying to college. Just three days before she was to begin her clinicals to complete that certification,...
Betty Lulseged, Harvard Class of 2020

Betty Lulseged, Harvard Class of 2020

Harvard sounds very, very far away for a lot of high school students. It certainly did for Betty Lulseged. “I didn’t want to apply, because I thought there was no way. I thought I was throwing away my application fee.” With a little encouragement from dad, the...