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Thaisi Da Silva
Thaisi Da Silva • 2 years ago

I want to make a name for myself. Neither one of my parents graduated. Some of my brothers did and some didn't. I also come to school every day because I love sports. Sports is my passion. A sport depends on your grades, and if you don't have good grades there is no reason to go out for a sport. Sports are also affected by your actions and decisions, you have to be a good kid and be wiling to show up and practice hard every day. I come to school to become better. - Christian, 10th grader

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