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Warriors of Washington: Lucy Juvenary

Jayla Johnson, Staff Reporter

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There are 1,331 students who attend Washington High School. Each student having a story, here is just one of the amazing stories. Lucy Juvenary is a senior at Wash.

Juvenary is  sweet, kind, funny and can be sassy. She was born in the Congo but when the Great War of Africa  began her whole family had to move to Tanzania where they became refugees. While Juvenary stayed at the camp, her days consisted of playing with her siblingings and other refugees, “It was my best childhood memory, so I use to know everyone around me, I used to play with everyone and we didn’t really do school.” she said.

As her mom looked for work, Juvenary and her siblings became very close as they had to look out for each other. She stayed there for five years before she came to America. Juvenary first lived in Idaho, where she attended Iowa Elementary School. “I’ve only been in school for like seven years.” said Juvenary.

She had to learn how to read, write and even speak english considering school was not big in the Congo or the refugee camp in Tanzania. “I didn’t really know anything like writing and reading, and I’m still learning it.” said Juvenary.

It took her awhile to learn English but thanks to a good teacher and good friends she got a good grasp on it. Her mom then wanted to move the family to Cedar Rapids because she wanted somewhere more diverse. Now that Lucy has created her new life in Cedar Rapids, she has a job at KFC, and in her free time likes to cook and hang out with her friends.

After high school she wants to return to  Idaho to attend the University of Brigham Youth-Idaho and study accounting. “ I don’t know why, but I like Idaho more than Iowa.”

Eventually Lucy would also like to return home to the Congo or maybe Tanzania.

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