Tsion Shiferaw

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
Class of 2016

Tsion has already encountered numerous tests of her fortitude and leadership. She started speaking up against cultural attitudes towards women at assemblies in front of her Ethiopian community. A naturally polite and humble person, Tsion’s resolve to keep standing up for women only grew when her parents and family friends all disapproved of her public speaking. She became Vice President of the Ambassador Club at her high school, which facilitates parent-teacher conferences between non-English speaking parents and the teachers. Tsion became passionate about expressing herself through art and won 1st place in a Guiry’s contest and 2nd place in her school’s Festival of the Arts last year. Her growing confidence allows her to have a remarkably positive attitude towards the many challenges her family has faced, including losing their home to a fire. A mature individual committed to her future, Tsion is determined to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor for under-resourced communities.