NYSCI Honors Queens Woman With Top of the Ladder Award

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Our friends at the Hall of Science have honored a remarkable young Queens woman with their first annual Top of the Ladder Award. DNAinfo.com has the scoop.

When Maria Taveras immigrated to Corona from the Dominican Republic in 2006, her parents encouraged her to study, so she could go to college and become a nurse.

But the 15-year-old Taveras spoke no English, and struggled to fit in at her new school, Flushing International.

“I didn’t speak the language, and since I went to a high school that only taught English, it was very hard for me,” Taveras said. “I was used to living in a community where everyone knew each other, and now I was living in a place where I didn’t even know my neighbors.”

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121214/corona/new-york-hall-of-science-honors-young-corona-immigrant#ixzz2FLVx5U5t