One of our science teachers is my mentor and has played a key role in helping me think about life as an adult. She not only holds me to higher standards than other teachers do, but she is realistic with me about challenges I will face after high school. After a breakup, she gave me some very memorable advice. “If it doesn’t work the first time, they aren’t the one for you, and that is ok.” Her words were hard to hear, but they were honest, and they helped me in the long term.

—Groveton High School