Then and Now

If you could give one piece of advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say? Guillermo, Kellyn, and Helen of Harrisonburg High’s Class of 2018 did just that. Part I includes so many fun images of these students from video stories they made 2 years ago. But even if you don’t think they’ve changed much in terms of how they look, just listen to their maturity in Part 2. We think you’ll agree that these individuals are going to go far in their college dream to become leaders in our communities. Thanks to Professor Shaun Wright, and undergraduate students Bethany Warren and CJ Sander of JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design for their outstanding production.

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Guillermo’s Winning Spirit

By all accounts, Guillermo and his family are winners. He was a sophomore at the time this video was made, and he had an powerful story to tell about his family’s survival. This past spring, he emerged as a leader on the high school campus, wrestled in the state’s championship tournament, and accepting the role of mentor and tutor for younger high school students enrolled in the GEAR UP Virginia program. But what makes a winning spirit? And how do individuals survive in the face of trauma, loss, and displacement? Continue reading

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

Lorenzo

It can be hard to find your voice when people are telling you how you should and shouldn’t be. It’s been a year since this video was made, and Lorenzo has learned to trust his own voice and the support of his SLI peers. Lorenzo has become a leader for SLI service in the community. He articulates a voice for the importance of performing service that is meaningful rather than just something to be added to a college application.