Agut Odalla and her family were resettled by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Baltimore at the end of 2010. Three years later, Agut was named valedictorian of her graduating class at Patterson High School in Baltimore City.

In her graduation speech, she talks about the struggles she faced as a newcomer and the help she received from RYP, IRC, teachers, and volunteers. Read the IRC’s excerpts from her graduation speech here.