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"When I was a sophomore in high school, I was bullied for many reasons. The main reason was because of the appearance of my teeth. I was called a lot of names, such as 'shark tooth' and 'razor girl'. Remarks were consistently made about my teeth. In addition to being bullied daily at school, I was cyberbullied as well. The bullying was so bad that I dropped out of high school because I was too afraid to walk home after school. Every time I did walk home after school I would be followed and get beaten up. I worked hard and got my GED. I had a counselor named Toby at the downtown learning center in Salem and she told me about ASK. Thanks, Toby and the amazing people who were involved with ASK I was able to follow my dream of becoming a model. I was signed to a modeling agency.

"The bullying was so bad that I dropped out of high school."

I want every kid to know that just because you are bullied and made to not feel beautiful doesn't mean that you're not. You are strong enough to overcome any obstacle thrown your way. You are strong because you are beautiful, smart and simply you!

Never let anyone tell you that you can't pursue your full potential. Always believe in yourself,  Work hard for what you want and follow your dreams. If I am able to overcome my fears and follow my dreams then so can you. You just have to put one foot in front of the other and go for it."

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