“I am a Determined Scholar because I allow the obstacles I've overcome to shape who I am."
One of seven children, Lumiere came to Texas from the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago. In addition to a job, Lumiere finds time to volunteer in his community and church.As a young man in the Kakuma camp, Lumiere was determined to further his education, often walking several miles to school. His experiences in the refugee camp watching neighbors lose loved ones because of limited medical resources have inspired him to go to college and medical school to be a neurosurgeon.
“I am a Determined Scholar because I do not allow my limitations to restrict my future goals."
A Fort Worth native, Janette has not allowed significant health barriers to prevent her from being an active leader at her school and in volunteer projects. Janette excels in school as an honor student, member of the National Honor Society and Class President. She also works with younger girls to help them succeed through the Sister Assisting Sixth Grade Sisters mentorship program. Janette plans to study biomedical engineering in order to contribute to the medical field by developing medical equipment and improved treatment methods for patients.
“I am a Determined Scholar because failure is not an option. I am expected to learn and entitled to achieve.”
Kristian, a native Fort Worthian, was raised by his mother, who he credits with providing the inspiration to tackle any obstacle. In addition to working and serving as Class President, Kristian organized and led the first annual Latino Heritage Program. He created the Heritage Program to encourage a greater understanding of the diversity of Latin culture and history by students at YMLA. Kristian plans to double major in global business and ethnic studies and hopes to ultimately work on human rights with the United Nations.
“I am a Determined Scholar because I want to be somebody's role model someday."
A talented oboist, Kelsey is an active member of her school's band and orchestra and the Arlington Youth Symphony. Kelsey was raised by her grandparents and is determined to be the first person in her family to graduate from college. She is passionate about her music and made All-State Solo and Ensemble the past few years and made All City band for three consecutive years. Kelsey works hard to be a good role model for both her younger brothers. She plans to study music performance and someday be a part of a professional orchestra.