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Age: 18
Year: 2010 HUGS

Lisa Uesugi, Photographer

Five years ago, I wasn’t comfortable talking to people about my sister Alissa. Through Project Focus, I became closer with other kids in similar family situations to me. I learned to be more confident with myself and to share the story of my sister with other people.  Since ProjectFocus, I have done multiple speeches for my school and for HUGS about the joys of having a family like mine. I’m proud of the meaningful relationships I’ve created with people, and I’m proud of who I’ve become; I’ve been successful in track and field, I am the Editor-in-Chief for my school newspaper, “Imua ‘Iolani,” and I’m about to graduate. Someday, I hope to become an entrepreneur and start a business that would help people.

I am…ambitious and independent

I will…surpass my own expectations

I appreciate…my family for their unconditional love and support

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