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Second grader wins "Leader in Me" speech

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Zhoriél Tapo Zhoriél Tapo

Zhoriél Tapo, a second grader at Plantation Elementary School, is the grand prize winner of the national Leader in Me Speech contest. Zhoriél's speech was chosen out of 1600 students. 

"A leader--that's what I strive to be. Being proactive--I'll take care of it--I got it, and you didn't even have to ask me," says Zhoriél in her speech.

You can watch Zhoriél's full speech here.

Zhoriél won $500 for her grand prize entry, but she didn't keep it all for herself. Part of it, she split between her siblings' college savings account. She donated some of her winnings to her favorite bus driver, who was in the hospital after a bad accident. 

"My bus driver got in a really bad accident, and I hope the money that I gave her helps her get out of the hospital," said Zhoriél.

Zhoriél said stepping out to help others is part of what makes someone a leader. What would the world look like if everyone did this?

"It'd just be A+ everywhere," said Zhoriél, "Everyone would be a leader."
 

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