Dao Her knows the true meaning of hard work. The University of Alaska Anchorage freshman has dedicated her young adult life to learning, family and pursuing her dreams. Her has been selected as a 2014 Spirit of Youth Award Recipient in the category of Overcoming Challenges.
Her was born in Thailand and spent nine years in a refugee camp before moving to the United States. She knew no English when she started school in the U.S. but she put all her efforts and abilities into her studies and has come a long way.
The Bartlett High School graduate volunteers for an elementary school where she helps students with their homework and spelling. She also earned college credit during her senior year that's she is applying toward her associate's degree in dental assisting.
Her said her biggest challenge has been adjusting to a whole new world.
“I had to recognize another culture, language and norms for every-day life,” Her said. “I know that there will be many challenges to face in [college], but I have overcome difficult obstacles in my life already and I know that I am capable of achieving my goals.”
Her will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner April 5.
Learn more about this year's Spirit of Youth Award Recipients and reserve your seats for the Awards Dinner by visiting spiritofyouth.org.