Richfield Senior excels in classroom, wants to pay back

RICHFIELD, Minn -- The math book is written in English, but the language being spoken is Spanish, and that is the issue.

Richfield senior Stephanie Chavez Estrada loves her job as a math tutor, because she remembers what it was like to be a non-english speaking student in a strange environment.

Says Stephanie, "I know how hard it is to come from somewhere else and then come here and not understand a single word that someone is saying, so."

Stephanie learned English as a second language in elementary school, since then she has gone on to become Richfield's NHS President, and the vice-president for student government.

"This is really the classic American success story", says Richfield H.S,. Assistant Principal Teresa Rosen. "She did the right thing, cared for others, really had that goal in mind and kept her eye on it, but never stepped on anybody else to get there. And, wants to pay back, and that's a great part of the American story."

A volunteer for numerous causes, both in and out of school, Stephanie takes advanced-placement courses, and boasts a 4-point-0-4-1 GPA.
The Oldest of four, Stephanie tries to be a role-model for her younger brothers, and her peers at Richfield high.

Says Stephanie, "I want to prove to my brothers, I want to prove to my mom, I want to prove to all the kids here that it is possible for a Latino to graduate and go somewhere in life."

Stephanie hopes to continue her great American story at a local college.
One of Stephanie's younger brothers has special needs, and as such, Stephanie would like to focus on elementary education or special education.


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