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By Embyr Williams

Oconee County Schools K-12

"My square has a tape dispenser on it to depict those little thing in life that help hold us together and that are essential to our resilience. My mom is a great example of personal resilience - she was built from resilience. After being raised in a farming community dominated by gangs, she worked her way through college starting at 16, paying for it entirely herself. When she was 20, she moved to Russia, knowing no one, none of the language, and with only $500 in her pocket. Despite this sink or swim situation, she launched herself wholeheartedly. She grew from it instead of succumbing to the challenges the world threw at her. Resilience is about weathering the storm and emerging on the other side, a couple scratches here and there, but ultimately with an indomitable will to keep going. My mother exemplifies resilience!"