"I am not afraid to struggle.”
As a junior Larrisa was suddenly thrust into a leadership role when her long-time coach resigned and two new debate coaches arrived. She was uneasy about becoming a leader but determined to help her team succeed. She began to coach the novice debaters on her team, spending long hours teaching them everything she knew about debate. Larrisa’s hard work paid off when her novices won three tournaments. Larrisa shares about the experience:
“It taught me that helping others is something I want to continue to do with my life, although it came with personal sacrifices – my own debate game suffered for a couple of months. This is the world I live in, the debate world. This experience taught me that I enjoy helping others, and it made me realize my true love for debate.”
With a passion for learning and the drive to succeed, Larrisa describes herself as a survivor: “I have survived domestic violence, poverty, a single-parent household, and homes where drugs and alcohol were abused on a regular basis.”
Larrisa is among the top 10 students in her high school class. She is attending Coe College this fall.
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