Editor's Note: Daily Pilot reporter Michael Miller spotlights two outstanding students from five area schools. For more student profiles, click here.
For the first 17 years of her life, Jaspreet Kaur lived with her family in the Punjab region of western India. Her father was a farmer while her mother worked as a housekeeper. America seemed like such a faraway land that, according to a popular saying in her region, the country had no sun or moon.
Before her sophomore year, Kaur's parents moved the family across the Atlantic to give their children better opportunities for the future. Kaur didn't speak a word of English when she enrolled at Estancia, but she took three periods of English a day, pushed herself through summer school and had counselors who worked with her on the side. To improve her English skills, she even took a job at school in the library — shelving and shipping books, and learning to read the card catalog.