Think you’ve had a rough time growing up? Hate rising early for school or a pre dawn journey to a rink an hour away?
Well listen to the odyssey of Laura Botero of Malden High School.
Laura was born in Colombia, South America. When she was in middle
school her mother moved her and her sister to Malden, but later in the
school year they moved back to Colombia.
In her freshman year Laura and her sister moved back to Malden, but in
the 10th grade Laura’s older sister took her with her to live in Texas.
Unhappy in Texas, Laura moved BY HERSELF to live with relatives in
Everett before moving BACK to Malden to live with one of her middle
school teachers who became Laura’s legal guardian.
Getting tired yet? You could understand if Laura’s grades were slipping
or if she missed a day of school here and there, but then there really
isn’t any instrument to measure the human spirit.
Today Laura is a senior at Malden High School. She plays three sports
and is one of the captains of the volleyball team. She is a member of
the National Honor Society, has a GPA of 3.5 and is ranked 37th in a
class of 410.
Laura has a lifetime of built in excuses for failure and all would be
understandable but she will have none of it. Laura told me she never
asked herself why she suffered such hardships; she believes that her
travails have made her stronger and better equipped to handle whatever
life tosses at her.
Her teachers have labeled Laura curious, fearless and a survivor. Laura
would like at attend Brown University or Smith College next year.
Having met her I think she is uniquely qualified for either school.
Until then she will continue to awe and inspire those around her.