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Daniel Arroyo

Daniel Arroyo

Great strength grows out of great struggle. In the Amazon Basin, when a Batesia hypochlora butterfly embryo is born, it must fight to survive. A newborn hatchling must escape predators, evade the attacks of its own relatives, and then gather enough nourishment to seal itself inside a chrysalis for days. If, and only if, it can survive these dangers, the Batesia hypochlora can emerge to spread its wings as the elusive Painted Beauty Butterfly.

In the heart of South Los Angeles, S.E.A. has witnessed a similar transformation. Like the Painted Beauty, S.E.A. Manchester student Daniel Arroyo has struggled for survival throughout his young life, overcoming drug addiction, gang violence, juvenile camps and poverty. Now, at age 18, Daniel has completely turned his life around, graduating from S.E.A. Charter School as class Valedictorian. Daniel is also a Youth Peace Movement ambassador, and the treasurer of the school’s Student Council. He has recently been accepted to California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Humboldt University. Daniel Arroyo has demonstrated that with great determination and drive, individuals can overcome a lifetime of challenges to achieve academic success. S.E.A. is proud of him and all of his achievements.