2017 NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards Winners
Samantha Armstrong knew something was not right in second grade when she was not seeing the words on the pages in the same way that her classmates did. She worked through many feelings of inadequacy and sadness to fully embrace her dyslexia as God’s gift to her, enabling her to help others with the same challenge. Samantha is a virtuous role model for other children with dyslexia, but she has also begun to turn her passion into a unique creation. She has completed her first book for younger students, Brain Town, and is continuing to produce books to assist students in middle school and high school. Samantha is a heroic example of the Catholic Social Teaching of solidarity: standing with others, feeling their pain, lending a hand, and changing the world for the better.