Volume 9

Wanda Alexis Alexander

The auditorium filled with applause so thunderous that Wanda Alexander couldn’t even hear her name as it was called. Her friend nudged her, and when she looked ...

Joseph Appelbaum

Driving his youngest son to college with his older son in the car, Joe Appelbaum looked at the open road outside the car window and spoke to his boys about oppo...

Alex Armour

In the quiet of early morning, as the summer sun inched its way above the horizon, Alex Armour and his grandfather prepared for another day of hard work. As the...

David Belden

For many, the idea of being an outsider carries negative connotation, implying rejection and loneliness. For David Belden, however, it’s sacred. James Dean, a c...

Paul Boudrye

“Somewhere between your mind and your heart lies who you are, and that’s what I want to know about,” Paul Boudrye says boldly. In a culture that often settle...

Khari M. Brown

Growing up, Khari Brown’s goal was to play professional basketball, so when he was cut from the high school team as a freshman, he was devastated. But the impor...

Paula Calimafde

Almost every evening at dinner, Paula Calimafde’s father would turn their dining room into a courtroom. A renowned litigator, he would “present” the case he was...

Matt Curry

One Sunday after church, nine-year-old Matt Curry looked up at his mother and told her he was going to be fine. An active, interested boy with a strong inner co...

Robert Dickman

Like most young boys, Robert Dickman grew up with the dream of becoming a professional athlete. Going to baseball games at the old Forbes Field with his dad, it...

Herbert S. Ezrin

By the time Herbert Ezrin started his eighth grade year at Jefferson Junior High School in Southwest Washington, D.C., his will to succeed in school had been de...

Jon Frederickson

Growing up in Clear Lake, a small town in Iowa, Jon Frederickson spent most free afternoons and weekends working in his father’s blacksmith shop. Effectively an...

Steven Freidkin

It all started when Steven Freidkin absentmindedly donned a red collared shirt one morning when he was 13 years old. He had always been drawn to technology, oft...

Wendy Gradison

As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wendy Gradison came to realize at an early age that some of the hardest barriers to overcome are also the hardes...