CEF Scholar Wins Trip to Japan from LA Times
On February 9, St. Genevieve High School senior and CEF scholar, Sonny Jefferson, received the exciting news that she was being funded to travel to her dream destination: Tokyo, Japan. Los Angeles Times HS Insider sponsored the Discover Asia Correspondent Contest in which high school and college students were asked to write a 1000-word essay explaining why and what about Asian culture was of interest to them. Jefferson’s essay was chosen out of the 227 that were received.
Jefferson took an interest in Manga and Anime at a young age. She explains that it was Japanese comics and animation that brought her comfort in times of struggle and hardship. Additionally, the opportunity to attend a Catholic school also fueled Jefferson’s desire to learn and achieve.
Jefferson’s journalism teacher, Ms. Chang, has been a first-hand witness of the positive impact CEF and St. Genevieve has had on her student. Ms. Chang recounts how shy Jefferson initially was and how she has slowly evolved into an individual who “always [gives] the full effort and [takes] the opportunities that [are] given to her.”
Jefferson’s entry essay can be read here.
Congratulations, Sonny! We are extremely proud of you!