Extraordinary Teen Awards 2022
Life during Covid didn’t stop these graduates from achieving remarkable things. In some cases, it inspired them to reach even higher.
Arlington Tech graduate, Latin scholar and future public health advocate Antonia Jara Romero. Photo by Michael Ventura.
Antonia Jara Romero grew up on her grandparents’ farm in Cotacachi, a rural town in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, where the nearest hospital was 90 minutes away. Residents sometimes came to her grandmother, Graciela Dominguez, to get treatment for injuries and conditions such as parasites in babies.
At 10 years old, Jara Romero was tasked with boiling water, plucking herbs to make tea and taking blood pressure readings from people in need of care. Sometimes farmworkers suffered serious accidents and had to be driven to the hospital in the family car.