Watching for Hurricanes

As the damage of Hurricane Florence continues to be assessed, we were reminded that it was another hurricane, Katrina, that set Nathalie’s journey into motion. Two years ago, Nathalie shared her story with students from JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design who were struck to learn that Nathalie was a 17 year-old high school sophomore completely alone in the United States. Nathalie will be graduating from Harrisonburg High School in May, 2019, and has JMU in mind as her college of choice. She will enter college a few years older than her peers, but with the strength and wisdom of someone who knows how to survive and move forward against the fiercest headwinds. Thanks to SMAD students, Melissa Blum and Mike Gefell, for helping Nathalie to share her story.

The Measure of Sarai’s Worth

Sarai is enrolled in an academic partnership between Harrisonburg High School and Blue Ridge Community College where she has an opportunity to earn her high school diploma and a college Associate of Arts degree.  Sarai says she could sum up her college statement with five words: “I am worth your time.” We think she’s worth more. Continue reading