Salem family goes from political prison to full Princeton scholarship

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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 the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies from Willamette University. For more information on Natalie, visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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