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2019 R2L NextGen
San Jose, California
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory

“I would compare my experience at CHCI to a firefly I saw at the Lincoln Memorial. When I first saw it, it was unlit and appeared to me as just an ordinary insect just like I saw myself before CHCI, as an ordinary student. Then, the firefly beautifully lit up just like I lit up at CHCI with new wonderful experiences, friends, and knowledge. Finally, after lighting up, it flew away, lit up and free just as I will fly home to California lit up with newfound knowledge and experiences, a new family, and ready to light up my entire community with change.”