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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

My mother is 45, works and goes to school. Now you could say, there are other mothers who do the exact same thing or even more. That's true, but my mother handles many things. Besides raising two grown boys, she also raises her granddaughter and grandson.

I wonder all the time how my mother could handle all this and still have time to go grocery shopping. My mother also goes to church every Sunday and lives by the word of God. She influences her sons and grandchildren to do the right things and make the right decisions.

My mother has a small apartment and her bedroom is a storage room so she sleeps on the couch. I wish I could get her a bigger house so she would be able to sleep in a room of her own. If I can't give her that much, I will always show her appreciation and love.

DAMIAN CHAPPELL

Van Nuys High School

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