Grade 11, Boston Latin Academy
Shandira is 16 years old and lives in the South End. She is currently in the 11th grade at Boston Latin Academy. She is most proud of having a successful year where she was able to maintain great grades while running a club and volunteering to attend professional development meetings with teachers. If she could strengthen something in her school, it would be the representation of LGBT+ students in health classes. This past year she successfully facilitated an open forum for the whole school about the rights of immigrant students. She has been influenced by all her teachers this year who helped her believe she can do anything!