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Joint Boards of Education Celebrate Exemplary Students

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The Joint Boards of Education in North Dakota celebrate a group of exemplary students.

Nineteen students were recognized for being nominated for the ACT Award.

This award is based on the students' commitment to college and career readiness as well as facing adversity.

"Our winner actually came from South Korea and he lived in Germany, and then he settled here in North Dakota and he's done exceedingly well so he's really shown that you know he can strive hard and overcome all those barriers," says Michele Burian, Asst. Director for Teacher and School Effectiveness, DPI.

Samuel Lim's biggest challenge was the language barrier.

Before moving to North Dakota at the age of nine, he only spoke Korean and a little German.

Now English is one of his primary languages.

"The winter was really brutal. We were really surprised by all the snow. But, I liked how people were friendly and how I was able to make friends who are really, didn't really care about that I didn't come from Fargo. We became friends so young," says Samuel Lim, Senior, Fargo North High.

Samuel also said he almost didn't want to come to the awards ceremony because he didn't want to miss school for it.

He has a full ride to Yale and is thinking about majoring in Social Studies.

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