High School, First Place Winner – Jocelyne Najar Velazquez.  Essay submitted by high school teacher, Alaura Dorociak, Charter School of San Diego.

Jocelyne is pictured above with essay contest founder, Maj Glenn Ferguson (USMC-retired), and her teacher, Alaura Dorociak.

My Hero

First-place winner Jocelyne, illustrates the courageous actions her mother has taken to keep her children safe and focused on education and their futures. Jocelyne reflects that her mother’s attitude and actions have made it possible for her to imagine a great future for herself. “My mother always told us that our history does not define us.”

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Bio: 2018 Essay Contest High School-FIRST PLACE: My Hero by Jocelyne Najar Velazquez, Charter School of San Diego, San Diego, CA and submitted by teacher  Alaura Dorociak.