Before becoming Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian at Morse Marshall School for the Gifted, Anthony Eruchalu and Ia Thao had to adjust to their new school system and language. Eruchalu's family moved here from Nigeria, Thao's from Thailand.
“It was very hard to adapt. Like just trying to fit in and learning the new language was very difficult for me. First day of school, I hated it. I didn’t know what to do. I would just sit at the desk, staring at the wall, very nervous. I didn’t know what to do. So it was very hard to adapt to the new country,” Thao admits.