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by: Michael N., 12th Grade, Academy for Software Engineering, College Point, New York

There is a mask, a forced grin, hiding my pain - caused by just the slightest of your words.

quote by: Regan E., 10th Grade, Riverview High School, Sarasota, Florida

Artist Statement

It was really hard for me to be myself because I thought I wouldn’t fit in unless I acted or looked a certain way. I had to put on this mask—as so many of us do.