I couldn't possibly begin to list everything she has overcome/accomplished since March 5, 2011, but here are a few highlights:
- Speaks English amazing well. She still sometimes mixes words up here and there, or doesn't know the definition of a word that seems so common, but overall I am stunned at how quickly she picked it up.
- "Tested out" of ESOL in school after two years. This is both good and bad. Good that she did well, bad that she isn't afforded the protection of being an ESOL student. It means she is just a regular student who doesn't qualify for special help if needed, for example, extra time on tests.
- Recommended for Honors classes in French and Chemistry. This is important for the HOPE scholarship, as students must have a certain amount of Honors/AP classes to qualify for HOPE.
- Maintains an "A" average in school.
- Learning how to study, do homework, and write original thoughts in an American school. This is something that was new to her coming here, and it was painfully difficult for her to adjust.
- Earned her driver's license.
- Continues to grow in skill level on her competition dance team.
- Maintains her language fluency in Russian and Spanish. She doesn't use Ukrainian as often, so I believe she is a little rusty with it, but I'm sure it wouldn't take much to jog her memory if she had to hold a conversation in Ukrainian.
- Small group leader for a four year old class AND a 4th grade girls group at church.