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My Heroine

Students' tributes to their mothers and grandmothers poured in when LA Youth newspaper asked for submissions to an essay contest on "My Hero." This is a selection of essays provided to The Times by LA Youth, "the newspaper by and about teens," in advance of Mother's Day. They have been edited for space.

May 12, 2000

All through my life my mother has treated me with such compassion and love.

My hero wants the best that anyone can give their children and she shows this by doing what she does best, being a remarkable parent. My mom's warmth toward my sisters and me is what keeps me going. When I am hurt or in pain, my mother is there by my side. I am lucky to have a mother that cares so much. When my mom purchases a gift for me, all I want to do is thank her a billion times. She always thinks about her daughters before herself.

I love you mom with all my heart. You are the best.

MICHELLE NICOLE SURPLICE

Burroughs High School

Burbank

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