Local Teens to Share Immigration Stories at Siouxland Libraries’ Oak View Branch

Young adults will share the powerful stories of lives in their homeland and immigration to South Dakota on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. at Siouxland Libraries Oak View Branch, 3700 East Third Street.

The speakers and their topics:

  • Ifrah Hashi, “Don’t Avoid Difficulties”―A senior at Lincoln High School, she moved at age 12 from Somalia. She enjoys reading novels and playing basketball. A member of the National Honor Society, Hashi will study nursing next fall at the University of South Dakota.
  • Sara Damjanovic, “From Bosnia to Floret Cakery”―Fleeing from war-torn Bosnia in 1992, her family resettled to Sioux Falls. The first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, Damjanovic opened her own business, Floret Cakery, in 2018.
  • Natalie Silva-Rodriguez, “Different Cultures”―Born in Puerto Rico, she has lived in Sioux Falls since 2011. Her hobbies are listening to music and dancing with her mother. A senior at Lincoln High School, Silva-Rodriguez plans to study computer programming at Southeast Technical Institute after graduation.
  • Elsa Gambu, “Obstacles to Overcome”―An Ethiopian-born Eritrean, she immigrated with her family to the U.S. at age 7. A junior at Lincoln High School, her favorite subject is science. Gambu also enjoys playing basketball and dancing.
  • Kevin Alvarado, “I am Thankful”―Born in Mexico, the Lincoln High School sophomore has lived in Sioux Falls for ten years. Among his interests is playing guitar.
  • Gina Conn, “Mexican Daughter”―In Sioux Falls since 2018, she’s a freshman at Lincoln High School. Conn, who writes historical fiction, plans to be a marine biologist.  

 For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Oak View Branch (367-8060) or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours before the event.

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