By Jeremy C. Fox on June 20, 2020
This year’s high school graduates have faced upheavals unlike any class in memory, but Tatiana Mendez, the valedictorian of Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, believes the challenges she and her peers have endured are preparing them to build a better future.
“I feel like our generation is just going to be picking up the slack for this entire moment. . . . It’s just about going beyond this, just being those leaders for the future,” said Tatiana, 19, as she smiled and chuckled through a socially distanced interview last week.
Having overcome early learning challenges that had her left behind in first grade, Tatiana has gone on to an impressive academic record that she largely directed herself, devoting long hours to her studies while her single mother worked several housekeeping jobs to support their family.
“I’ve gotten guidance along the way, but it’s always, for the most part, been self-driven. I want to do X, Y, and Z — and I’m going to do X, Y, and Z things to get there,” said Tatiana, who was born in the United States to a family of immigrants from the Dominican Republic.
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