Jade Balansag encourages students to look for opportunities

Wrangell High School graduate Jade Balansag is getting her opportunity to start classes Aug. 30 at George Washington University in the nation's capital. And she is doing it with yet another honor, named last week as one of seven Local Heroes in Alaska.

Her advice to other Wrangell students is to look for their opportunities in life.

"Don't be afraid to try something new, don't be afraid to fail," the 18-year-old said. "I've basically had the same philosophy awhile now, not to be afraid and to say yes to opportunities."

No doubt change can be scary, she said. "But with change comes growth."

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