MISSOULA – Eight high school seniors from across Missoula County were honored Thursday for overcoming significant obstacles to graduate from high school.
Missoula Exchange Club ACE or Accepting the Challenge of Excellence awards included more than just recognition, as each student received a $500 post-secondary school check.
From traumatic injuries to parents with drug addictions who have left children to fend for themselves, to bouncing around several foster homes, each of these students has overcome devastating circumstances and excelled in the classroom.
These students are proud of what they have accomplished, and will continue to pursue their dreams in college.
“Like helping found a creative writing class, and another club at school, and it just feels good to be recognized for what I’ve done,” said Seeley Lake High School senior Elizabeth Done.
“I can be a role model for the younger kids, and like, step up and be who I want to be and show kids that you can be who you want to be and don’t let anyone change you,” said Frenchtown High School senior, Owen Pierre.
The students receiving the award were chosen by their school counselors.