it’s a good research university and is prestigious. [It will also] help me get into law school,” Barahona said.

While at Duke, she will be majoring in public policy and international affairs.

“I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer and it will help in my goal of becoming a justice of the Supreme Court,” Barahona said.

Barahona credits her family as her motivation to continue working hard academically. She has also found motivation coming from a disadvantaged household.

“My family’s support, knowing our financial difficulties and my little sister, Carolina [have been my biggest motivators throughout high school],” Barahona said. “Coming from a low-socioeconomic background should empower you to work harder and move your family forward.”

Barahona is proud of her Hispanic heritage. She believes that anyone coming from a disadvantaged family should be motivated to overcome their situation.

“Coming from a low-socioeconomic background should empower you to work harder and move your family forward,” Barahona said.

Barahona’s favorite thing about her time in high school has been her teachers.

“[The teachers are] passionate about teaching and care about their students,” Barahona said.

Barahona credits Carl Overton, Jennifer Hilley and Edna Irizarry as the teachers who have most impacted her.

“[They] all really invested [their] time and effort. I can talk to them about anything,” Barahona said.

Barahona’s favorite class throughout high school was art history.

“[I liked it because] you don’t just learn about history but grow as a person and learn about life from Mr. O’s point of view,” Barahona said.

Barahona plans to intern at a law firm before heading to Durham for college. She is currently an intern at Bank of America.

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