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Pair Of Refugees Are Among Top Performers In Their Dallas School

September 9, 2019


USED TO HOUSE SADDLEBAGS. SHOP CLOSE IN APRIL. THE OWNERS MOVING THE BUILDING TO THE CITY OF BRECKENRIDGE. THE MOVE WON’T HAVE MUCH OF AN IMPACT ON TRAFFIC. TWO STUDENTS HAVE OVERCOME EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES TO BECOME TOP PERFORMERS IN THEIR DALLAS SCHOOL. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL STORY OF SUCCESS. WE WILL STAND UNTIL EVERYBODY FINISHES Reporter: 186 TEENAGERS PREPPING FOR THEIR BIG DAY. IF YOU WORK HARD ENOUGH, YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING. Reporter: TWO OF THEM LEAD THIS GROUP. GROWING UP, WITH A FAMILY WITH NO EDUCATION WAS HARD. ABOUT COMING TO AMERICA WAS A BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF US. JERRY YOU MADE IT. Reporter: THEY RANK NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO FOR THEIR GRADUATING CLASS. THE VALEDICTORIAN AND THE SALUTATORIAN. MY FIRST MEMORY OF SCHOOL WAS MY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ACTUALLY COMING TO AMERICA. Reporter: AMONG THE VARIOUS FACES OF THEIR CLASSMATES, 36 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN. THEIR CHILDREN OF FAMILIES GRANTED REFUGE OR ASYLUM HERE. THEY ARRIVED FROM A THAILAND REFUGEE CAMP AT AGE 10. AND ELENI ARRIVED FROM ETHIOPIA. IT WAS VERY UNLIKELY, THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE THINK. BUT WE HAVE PROOF THAT NO MATTER OUR DIFFERENCES, WE CAN RISE AND SUCCEED AND WORK TOGETHER. MY MOM CALLS IT A MIRACLE. SHE PRAYS EVERY DAY THAT ME AND MY FAMILY, WE CAN ACHIEVE OUR DREAMS AND GOALS. Reporter: NEITHER SPOKE ENGLISH WHEN THEY ARRIVE. THEIR PARENTS DID NEITHER. ALL NOW KNOW TWO BIG WORDS, VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN. [ APPLAUSE ]. Reporter: BOTH ARE HEADED TO COLLEGE. BAY WANTS TO BE AN ARCHITECT TO IMPROVE HOUSING FOR REFUGEES AND SETTLEMENTS JUST LIKE HER FAMILY FACED IF YEARS BACK AND ELENI SAYS SHE WANTS TO BE A DOCTOR. SHE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF HER MEDICAL NEEDS.

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