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In Guatemala, I watched American Football on TV

By Marcos Manrique  |   From : Belle Glade (Florida)  |   School : Glades Central High School

Well my name is Marcos Manrique, and when I was in my country which is Guatemala I used to look at my favorite sport which was American football. I used to watch it on the TV, and I remember I used to tell my mom that I am going to be playing on the TV just like they do. My mom told me it may not happen, because we don’t have that sport here in Guatemala. I told her, “You know, Mom, if I have a chance to play, I would do it and play hard. I would work hard.” She told me, “I hope you can play one day.” We didn’t know  that we were going to get residence papers to come to the United States. When my mom told me that we were coming here, I was happy but I was sad at the same time. We were going to leave my oldest brother in Guatemala and also leave my friends. I wouldn’t have any friends in the United States. I was really scared, because I wouldn’t know anybody at school. When I came to the school here, I started feeling uncomfortable, because people were talking to me in English, and I didn’t know any. I told my mom that I didn’t want to come to school. When I started learning English I started feeling more comfortable, and I started making some friends. I found out that school was fun, and I could play the sport of my dreams. I started getting more interested in school. Then I asked someone how I could join the football team of the school, and they told me what I needed to join. I tried to join, but I couldn’t play, because something happened during the summer so I wasn’t able to attend the summer football practice. My mom broke her ankle. Whenever that happened I was feeling sad, because of my mom and my grades were low. I had to wait until the season started and on the 2nd or 3rd game the coach came to me and told me that I was not going to play. I was kind of shocked, because I wanted to play, but I was not going to because my grades were low. I didn’t give up, and I told myself, “You have to step up and play next year.” I did play my junior year, and I was good. I played this year, my senior year, even though I didn’t play that much. I still didn’t give up, and I know what can I do and I am going to show people what I can do.

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