Category Archives: Stereotype busters

Makwei Mabioor Deng

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/02/art.makwei.jpg caption="Scholarship winner Makwei Mabioor Deng, 23, plans to return to his Sudanese homeland to practice law."] Two years ago, Makwei Mabioor Deng had never seen a computer or a library full of books. For 16 years he … Continue reading

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Derrius Quarles

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/26/story.derrius.quarles.jpg caption="Derrius Quarles received more than $1 million in college scholarships"] We have heard horrific news about young people in Chicago as of late. Derrion Albert, an honors student who was gunned down, has become the “face” of … Continue reading

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Morasha Winokur

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/19/art.morasha.jpg caption="Morasha Winokur, 11, is the author of 'My Invisible World.'"] Morasha’s mother describes her daughter as “an old soul.” She’s 11 years old but has the sharp sense of awareness and honesty of someone many times her … Continue reading

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Carolina Correa

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/12/art.boys.girls.club.jpg caption="Carolina Correa, 19, is the first Latina to win the award."] Carolina Correa is poised beyond her years. When I meet her, she is fresh- faced and enthusiastic. She walks with an entourage for the first time … Continue reading

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Brianna Karp

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/28/art.karp.jpg caption="Brianna Karp, 24, blogs about her experience being homeless."] “If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn’t assume I live in a parking lot,” Brianna Karp blogs. “In short, I am just like you, except … Continue reading

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Aaron Fotheringham

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/14/art.aaron.jpg caption="Aaron Fotheringham, 17, competes in extreme sports with a wheelchair."] Aaron Fotheringham has earned his “whining rights,” but he’s never touched them. He was born with spina bifida, unable to use his legs and adopted into a … Continue reading

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Sadiya Buta

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/07/art.sadiya.jpg caption="Sadiya Buta, 15, is getting attention for much more than what she wears on the tennis court."] It’s 100 degrees in Arizona, but that doesn’t keep Sadiya Buta off the court. She is part of one of … Continue reading

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Vanessa Nunez

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/24/art.vanessa.jpg caption="Vanessa Nunez, 19, found academic success with the help of Genesys Works."] If Vanessa Nunez needed school supplies, she needed to buy them herself. Same went for food and clothes. She started working, busing tables at a … Continue reading

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Matt Certner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/01/art.certner.jpg caption="Matt Certner, 18, founded the Sports Clinic for Children with Special Needs."] Mikey and Matt were best friends. They vacationed together, they played sports together. But when Mikey was diagnosed with autism, the dynamics changed. “Particularly when … Continue reading

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Zach Bonner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/03/art.zach.jpg caption="Zach Bonner, 11, is walking to the White House to raise awareness of homless children in the U.S."] It all started during Hurricane Charlie. Zach Bonner, then just 6 years old, took his little red wagon door … Continue reading

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