Check out Troy Simon’s short film, which he created as an entry for the U.S. Department of Education’s “I Am What I Learn” video competition. In just two short minutes, Simon, a sophomore at Greater Gentilly High School, tells the story of how he transformed himself from an illiterate with little hope for the future to a high achiever, who dreams of becoming a pediatrician, so, in his words, “I can heal the mental and physical wounds of every child.”

Simon has been named one of the 10 finalists for the contest. Show him a little support by visiting here to give a thumbs up for his effort (His entry is in the right hand column of selections).

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