For most people, the fear of not fitting in or being different holds them back, but for people like Karime Vargas, it’s what sets them one step ahead of the crowd. Starting elementary school as an ESL student, whose primary language was Spanish, Karime quickly found herself immersed in a whole new world with different sounds and different customs. Instead of allowing this to hold her back, she took the experience to make her better. From the start she had to work harder than her peers to simply understand the language barriers between home and school. At times this was both frustrating and confusing, but she never gave up; instead she let it motivate her to do more and learn more. Throughout her education at Lyons, Karime emerged as a leader in the classroom, athletics, her church, and the community.