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F. Amanda Tugade, Assistant Editor
8:57 am CDT October 12, 2016

In the fall of 2008, I was 16 years old and a junior in high school.

Back then, my life revolved around studying, hanging out with friends and, really, just being a teenager. But that all changed as the months progressed.

I was taking AP U.S. History at a time when the country was shifting economically, socially and politically, and my teacher — as well as my peers — did not waste any time in discussing. That classroom became a space for all of us to lay out our ideas, our thoughts and our values.