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Student making big impact

Desta Bume’s 11th grade classmates at Signal Mountain High School listen when he speaks.  Occasionally he helps teach them Pre Calculus.  The 17-year-old Ethiopian exchange student is attending the school thanks to host parents Jock and Megan Dunbar, who found Desta through the Cherokee Gives Back student exchange program.

Desta says,  “Day to day, I help students in class, if there’s something they don’t understand, I try to help them.”

Desta’s help is much appreciated by junior classmates.  He has earned their respect with his knowledge, his kindess and his work ethic.  In addition to excelling in the classroom, he has emerged as the star of the school’s cross-country team.  He says the classroom facilities are similar in Ethiopia, but while his largest class at Signal Mountain is 28 students, his smallest in his home country is about 150…in the same size classroom.  His high school in Ethiopia has about seven thousand students.Read the rest here.

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  1. April 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    A great story.

  2. April 2, 2009 at 6:01 am

    This student is a role model. Every aspiring student should look up to this kind of person. He doesn’t only excel in academics, but in extra curricular activities as well. This is what we call balance.

    Nice story by the way.

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