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Real Teens. Real Challenges. Real Solutions.

Overcoming Physical and Emotional Challenges

Kristen Holding

Kristen Holding is a high school track champion, setting records and winning awards. Every athlete has to battle injuries to compete, but Kristen has had more than the usual share; season after season, she has pushed through the pain of bone problems, staph infections, pleurisy, nerve injuries, and more. Whether she’s setting a record or…

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Tori Allen

Tori Allen grew up in Africa, a daughter of missionary parents. Tori struggled with learning disabilities, but in her free time, she would watch the monkeys climbing trees and wanted to be up in the treetops with them – so she began to climb. Soon rocks replaced trees, and eventually, she became the youngest woman…

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Mariah Dean

Mariah Dean has faced poverty of where her family wasn’t sure if they would have food that night. However, Mariah cried out to God asking for His provision and that is what He gave her family. Every night they had something to eat despite their circumstances. Later on she would also be attacked by a…

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Sasha Ryjik

Sasha began fencing when he was nine years old and was the top-ranked male junior fencer in the U.S.-winning multiple national and world championships. Fencing requires great skill, speed, stamina, coordination, and balance. Sasha fences with a sabre, the modern version of a cavalry sword, using not only the point but the blade in competition.…

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Morgan Herrington

In her passion for dance and pursuit of perfection, Morgan Herrington battled anorexia, depression and a cutting disorder. As you watch her YouTube video, you’ll see how she overcame all these by God’s grace and with the support of family and good friends.

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Heather Bounds

Heather was a member of the Miami Hurricanes at the University of Miami. She was a springboard and platform diver and competed at the college, national, and international levels. Heather always wanted to look like the models in magazines! She developed an eating disorder while trying to look like the models in magazines. Instead of…

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David Garden

In David’s sophomore year of high school, he sustained a critical football injury that threatened to end his athletic career. But his desire to overcome the injury, his intense discipline and his faith brought him back to the field, rehabilitated and ready to play. David returned his senior year to help his team win the football championship. David has the real winning edge.

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Jejuan Plair

A starting point guard for the SHSU basketball team,

Jejuan is blind in one eye due to a childhood accident. Instead of letting this become an excuse,he views it as an opportunity; he works hard and strives to make the
best of every situation. He has learned to compensate so well for what he has lost that he is attending college on a full basketball scholarship.

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Ali Nowonty

While in high school, Ali was diagnosed with a brain tumor. When it was found to be benign, she postponed surgery to help lead her squad to a state title in stunt cheerleading. Her determination and positive spirit helped give Ali the real winning edge!

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Caleb Carney

Caleb is a high school champion pole vaulter who suddenly became very ill and almost died from an infectious disease. Caleb’s mother asked people to pray. Now Caleb realizes he is alive today thanks to the power of prayer. He has truly learned to appreciate life, to develop his God-given talents and to encourage others to do the same.

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