WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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bully ing, living with an autistic brother, mov- ing through the foster care system, to standing up for a new gender identity give me courage. As you all know, courage is contagious." Forbes ended her speech by giving the students the ultimate compliment, acknowledging them as the "future leaders that the world needs." Approximately 100 volunteers assemble at the Boston Public Library each year for a day of reading the students' courage essays. The volunteers have a tough job. They must choose about 80 essays from more than 5,000 sub- mitted. They are instructed to judge the essays by "veracity of experience" expressed. The selected essays are published by Northeastern University in a book titled The Courage of Children: Boston and Beyond. Bettina Robertson of Wellesley, one of the essay readers who also attended the awards P H O T O S B Y P I E R C E H A R M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y left: Betsy Kamio, Robert Rooks, Jan Sargoni, Robert Turner, Amy Dumont, James Carroll, Ann Gund, and Moying Li right: Bettina Robertson, Shelly Ward, Katherine Rooks, and Lisa Remey Hastings 149 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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