A few years ago, a young man named Bandak Lul was highlighted as a success story for the Phoenix Union High School District. He came from South Sudan at age 14, not knowing any English and with little schooling.
Yet, he graduated in the top 15 percent of his class at Camelback High School in just three and one-half years, and received a Presidential scholarship to Phoenix College.
He will be graduating from Estrella Community College this month, and will start at ASU in the fall, studying political science and international relationships. He is considering getting a teaching certification, as well.
According to his former teacher Shirley Chavez, being highlighted as a top student at Phoenix Union has motivated him to set high expectations and become a role model for others in his community. He has made his ELL teacher and many others proud to have helped him in his journey.