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Newcomers Help Others Learn English

When Perla Anguiano Carrizales walked up to Ralston High School for the first time in August 2015, she was terrified. The building was massive — nothing like her school back in Mexico. She didn’t speak English. She knew no one.

More than a year later, Carrizales gets good grades. The 17-year-old is aiming to get a scholarship to college. And she wants to be a nurse.

She’s an English Language Learners program success story, teachers and administrators say. And now she’s helping other students write their own success stories, spending her homeroom time helping other students with their English.