to sense your effort being recognized
to reach the destination you romanticized and fantasized but
were never too sure of its existence
to be awarded for talent and perseverance
to elevate the good
to make one feel
In her senior year of high school, June 2016, Sara was awarded the European Council of International Schools Award. This is the most prestigious award presented by the director of the school at the very end of the awards ceremony. It did not surprise Sara that her English teacher was the one who had suggested and fought for her as the recipient of this award; she also wrote the wondrous description before Sara’s name was announced. Words such as “poet”, “dancer”, “female empowerment”, and “wants to leave her mark on the country” were uttered with grace and joy. She is thankful, and she is inspired. Above all she is inspired.