Ana Gomez is living her best life.
The Lynwood High School Senior is the current Miss Lynwood. She is headed to Charles Drew University on a full scholarship where she plans to study medicine to become a nurse or doctor. It’s been a long road to get to where she is now. Ms. Gomez’s parents abandoned her when she was very young, then she was put in the foster care system moving from home to home. Without any relatives, she was eventually adopted by a loving mother. But fate struck again when her mother passed away last May. At that point, she was in danger of becoming homeless, but was taken in by a friend’s family and has a home through high school and college. Ms. Gomez remembers her mother’s words of wisdom, “Keep fighting, no one is going to do it for, you have to do it yourself.“ She is taking those words to heart.
Besides becoming Miss Lynwood and finishing high school, Ms. Gomez is on the school dance team and has a part time job. She also volunteers in the community on homeless issues. Ms. Gomez has received scholarships from Will Rodgers Elementary School for her volunteer work and was recently recognized by California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office for her community service. She knows where from where she came and where she is headed. “I feel like regardless of what has happened to me in my life, I have to keep going and the only direction is up.”
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