Julia Hwang used the challenges she faced in an unstable family life as a motivator to do more. She had taken on adult responsibilities in grade three and by around the age of 10 she was collecting recyclables to pay for her school field trips and contribute to household bills.  During the pandemic she led a drive through gift event for families in Surrey and White Rock.  She credits the ongoing support of many of her teachers with her many successes which include graduating with honours and more than 64 additional credits than required and is hoping to purse post-secondary opportunities.