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MHS senior is inspiration to other teens

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POSTED July 1, 2014 1:12 a.m.

It’s true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.

As a teenager in high school, you come in contact with all kinds of people.  You have the most popular, the JROTC kids, the Academic Decathlon, and Leadership.   But, then you have that one person that is outgoing, makes everyone laugh but may be a little slower than others.  Society may view him or her as special or challenged, but what people often fail to realize is that he hungers to fit in and live his life to the fullest.

Take one of my classmates, Xavier Hartfield. He’s an autistic 18-year-old senior with a 4.0 GPA despite his learning disability.  He attended Walter Woodward Elementary School a year ahead of me in my brother’s class where he clearly left his mark.  

I remember we would always have junior high level dances and he would be anxious to be part of all of them in our school’s multipurpose room.  From the time he arrived until the end of the event he would be dancing his heart out.  It didn’t matter if he knew all the songs or not, he would just show up and have a great time.  The crazy thing was that he wouldn’t even be with anyone, but that wasn’t really important to him – he didn’t care.  

Now he goes to my high school. He’s still a super nice person to everyone.  We also have had dances on the MHS campus where he continues to show up and has the best time ever – having just attended the senior prom.  As he has gotten older he has taken a liking to sports now, more specifically basketball.  

In my opinion he is Manteca’s best basketball team equipment manager, water boy and supporter of the varsity team.  Xavier is the type of young man who has taken something unfortunate in the equation that was dealt to him and has done his best to conquer it.  When I see him around school I can’t help but smile and know that there is hope for my generation today.  I don’t know about everyone, but for some I know Xavier is a true inspiration.  He is currently focused on completing his senior year beginning in mid-August.

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