Elizabeth Ashford says the pandemic made her realize how much she admired her peers because of how they were able to “bounce back from a life-altering event.” In addition to the pandemic, Elizabeth herself has gained strength by persevering through additional challenges with an autoimmune disorder, several chronic illnesses, and juggling her social life despite her medical issues. Click here to learn more about Elizabeth!
Riverside High School Junior Sergio Rosa considers his ascension to group commander for the NC-943 Unit at his school his major achievement this year. But this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. He serves as a junior coach with the Durham Summer Swim League team, he sails, he hikes, and he maintains a 3.5 GPA in the school’s Engineering program. Click here to learn more about Segio!