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Posted October 23, 2012

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Student of the Week: Victoria Namusavyumuremyi

Congratulations to Victoria Namusavyumuremyi, an 8th grader at Wilson Middle School, for being named the Student of the Week by the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union and the APS Education Foundation.

Tell us a little about your school experience:

I moved to Albuquerque in 2007 from Tanzania. I felt happy to be here, but missed my home in Africa. I was scared because people here looked so different. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, even the black people spoke a different language. In school, I practiced the language, saying the words I heard. I would go home and tell mom what I learned that day. The students at school actually made me feel like I was a part of the class. I am a quiet person, but my ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher made me speak in front of the class. ESL and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) have given me confidence to make friends, be a good student and a role model for others. I want to be the first person in my family to graduate, so my family will be proud of me. I don’t let people tell me I can’t do something. I always try my best to be successful. My principal has taught me that I am a person who makes smart decisions. That makes me feel good about myself.

What’s your favorite subject?

Math is my favorite subject because it is used every day and I will need it for the rest of my life. I like solving problems, especially when I can work with others. It is a challenge for me but I enjoy it.

What are your hobbies or activities, both at school and outside of school?

My favorite sports are track and basketball. I also participate in performing arts. At home, I love dancing, especially my culture’s dances. I also like to cook and play outside with my friends. I love these things because they make me feel free, something that I didn’t always feel in Africa.

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