TLF Students Overcome Adversity

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Stephanie Eyocko, Class of 2011, and Yoel Zehaie, Class of 2010, were recently featured in the Lake Highlands Advocate for their perseverance and hard work.  Stephanie’s long term goal is to help improve education policies by running for the position of state representative for District 107 (Lake Highlands).  To prepare, Stephanie will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall and looks forward to studying political science and Mandarin Chinese.  A teacher at Lake Highlands stated, “Stephanie’s goals, talents, and noble character combine to make a young woman brimming with potential.  I can’t wait to see where she ends up.”

When Yoel Zehaie was five years old, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. After trial and error over many years, Yoel has learned what triggers the attacks and tries to control them. In addition to monitoring his habits, Yoel has changed his attitude. Instead of feeling self-pity, he has learned to be upbeat. He comments that “as I matured, I learned I can only control what I can control, and I can’t be concerned about what I can’t control. That attitude has helped me in my health, academics and in general.” A teacher at Lake Highlands states that “he works diligently and instigates lively discussions. His gregarious personality brightens everyone’s day.” Yoel will be attending the University of Texas at Arlington where he intends on studying political science.

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