Salem family goes from political prison to full Princeton scholarship


It wasn’t until McKay High School senior Joshua Arce Masis visited his parents’ home countries of Nicaragua and Costa Rica — and learned of their journey to the United States — that he realized why his father was so adamant about his educational success.

“He wanted me to have the future he was denied,” Masis wrote in his college admission letter. “That’s why … I must succeed academically and accomplish my goals. I want to show my father that his investment in me was worthwhile.”

Years later, the senior is preparing to graduate high school and head to Princeton University on a full-ride scholarship. He’s the first in his family to go to college.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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