The Rapidian

Believe to Become

Engineering a career - Fernando Pichardo's journey to graduation

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Submitted 08-26-2011 under NONPROFITS

“My goal is to graduate from the University of Michigan.” Fernando Pichardo never took his eye off the ball during high school. At least, not very often. A strong tennis player in the very competitive O-K White Conference, Fernando...

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Striving for success - Yarisbel Segura's journey to graduation

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Submitted 08-24-2011 under NONPROFITS

“I’m completely bilingual already. Now I’m working on being trilingual.” Yarisbel “Jadee” Segura makes everything look easy. She’s a track star, softball contender and volleyball standout. She speaks perfect...

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Living life anew - Phuong Nguyen's journey to graduation

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Submitted 08-24-2011 under NONPROFITS

“I hope to make the world a better place.” Phuong Nguyen came to the United States from Vietnam with her family when she was 15. When she started high school at Ottawa Hills, she didn’t know anyone, she didn’t know what was...

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Playing for keeps - Eli Rodas' journey to graduation

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Submitted 08-23-2011 under NONPROFITS

“I love Creston. It’s a great school.” Eli Rodas learned how much he loved his school when he was several states away. After attending Central High his first three years of high school, a family move put Eli in Georgia for the...

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Playing Both Ways - Danzell Maze's Journey to Graduation

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Submitted 08-16-2011 under NONPROFITS

“Take every opportunity that’s presented to you.” Danzell Maze is a quiet but powerful force. Talk to him, and he will modestly tell you that he’s planning to go to Ferris State University on a scholarship. Google him, and...

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Community Leaders say loudly, “We Believe, We Become”

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Submitted 08-06-2010 under NONPROFITS

Thursday July 15, 2010 marked the launch of the neighborhood engagement piece of the Believe2Become Initiative. Community leaders from the central zone met at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids to become informed of the efforts and...

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