Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Breakthrough Twin Cities wishes you a very happy Fourth of July! Independence Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the values we all hold as Americans. It is also a chance to consider the diverse set of experiences each of us has had. Many Breakthrough students...
Xia Neng Xiong’s Booyah Bash Speech 2018

Xia Neng Xiong’s Booyah Bash Speech 2018

At the age of four, I immigrated to America from Thailand with my family. Although I was surrounded and supported by my loving family as a young child, I spoke only Hmong at home – and still do. Even so, I knew from that young age that my parents’ goal for me was to...
Darartu Doto’s Booyah Bash Speech 2018

Darartu Doto’s Booyah Bash Speech 2018

During my senior year of high school in 2014, I was on this stage, speaking to you. I ended that speech with a statement that I truly still believe. In that speech, I said, “I moved to America 8 years ago from Ethiopia speaking absolutely no English. Here I am today,...
Pondie Taylor’s Booyah Bash Speech 2018

Pondie Taylor’s Booyah Bash Speech 2018

I am a teacher. All my life I have been a teacher. When people ask me how long I have been teaching; I always say since I was three when my brother was born. In undergrad, I studied Psychology knowing that I would always go back to education for a career. After my...
Raven Pillmann’s Booyah Bash Speech

Raven Pillmann’s Booyah Bash Speech

Many thanks to Breakthrough Twin Cities for inviting me to speak here tonight. I am truly honored and humbled by their consideration of me as someone who could speak to the significance of Breakthrough throughout my high school and college career. I would also like to...
Shannon Jondro’s Booyah Bash Speech

Shannon Jondro’s Booyah Bash Speech

As I look back at my life and the challenges that I have faced, it feels like a true miracle that I am here with you tonight, graduating from high school in a few weeks, attending the Naval Academy in the fall, let alone having the honor to give this speech tonight....

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