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Kevin Lopez


2022 "Pass the Torch" Scholarship Finalist

“There are people who are lights in the darkness. Good, true, beautiful and courageous people. You can be one of them.”

When Kevin Lopez’s family was faced with a painful and bewildering situation, it was History teacher Mrs. Newman who gave him the words he needed to retain hope. A deeply compassionate educator who believed in nurturing the souls of her students as well as their minds, Mrs. Newman reminded Kevin that while there is always suffering and darkness, there is also light. As a teacher, Kevin aspires to carry this light forward to his own students, helping them discover the light that burns within them too.

Here is Kevin's story about Mrs. Newman, the teacher who inspired him.



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