Jul 18, 2017, 8:30 AM
A lifelong Harry Potter fan, Linda Rand is now an avid reader who started at Balboa Middle School as a 6th grader after moving from the United Arab Emirates speaking almost no English. With help from her English teacher Kirsten Neumann and a translator, she dove in, learning a new language,…
Jul 11, 2017, 8:30 AM
Adrian is known at his school as the boy who always has a warm smile and heart full of sweetness and love. Diagnosed with Hydronephrosis, he has endured multiple surgeries throughout his young life. He loves pirate costumes and all things Disney. His greatest wish was to one day go on a Disney…
Jul 5, 2017, 8:30 AM
Nathalie Uribe was raised by her grandmother with love and support in the small town of California City. When she arrived home from a sporting event and found that she had passed away, her world fell apart. Nathalie’s small-town school community rallied around her, letting her lean on them when she…
Jun 20, 2017, 8:30 AM
It only took one Facebook post to change the life of 17-year-old Cameroon native Jespa Awomah. Jespa was severely burned at 10 months old when he fell into an open cooking fire in his family’s home. He was not allowed to attend school due to his appearance, but a volunteer distributing educational…
Jun 12, 2017, 8:30 AM
When Nicky Macchiavello was 17, a motorcycle accident at a motocross track changed his life forever. The HS varsity soccer player crashed and suffered a traumatic brain injury, landing him in a medically-induced coma at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for the next 2.5 months. The Huntington Beach…