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Kristin Beck/The News-Democrat
Christian Academy of Carrollton senior Nikki Chavez wants to use her personal experiences with discrimination and racism to teach others.
Against All Obstacles: Chavez overcomes racial discrimination; dreams of becoming a teacher

After years of racial discrimination in elementary through high school from classmates and even teachers, Nikki Chavez had given up on her dream of becoming a teacher. But an internship at Trimble County Public Library re-inspired the Christian Academy of Carrollton graduate to pursue a double major in elementary education and Spanish next year at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., becoming the first person in her family to attend college.

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