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Kufto Wailo

Those who have had the pleasure of working with Kufto have learned a great deal about adversity and grit. Born in Ethiopia, Kufto came to the United States in fourth grade, culture shocked and not speaking any English. In a matter of years Kufto went from learning the alphabet to taking AP honors classes. She graduated high school with 98% attendance rate. She is now enrolled in college in Colorado Springs. “I tell myself that I will not be a victim of poverty. I am and always will be an advocate for perseverance, dedication and hard work. I did not risk my life to come to this country and not amount to anything. I will do everything in my power to overcome my academic and financial obstacles and I will enduringly get my education and a better life. I care not only about myself but also about my family and I want to do this for them too,” Kufto explained.

“I tell myself that I will not be a victim of poverty. I am and always will be an advocate for perseverance, dedication and hard work.”