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Kate Smith


The average child does not experience too many drastic changes. The child can maybe move from state to state or go to different schools but for sophomore Kate Smith, her childhood was a little bit more extraordinary than the average child.

Unlike most children, Smith was born in Russia. After her birth she was put up for adoption, and for the majority of her childhood Smith remained in an orphanage. Smith never got to meet her parents and does not know anything about them other than the fact that they exist.

“I don’t really remember anything because I was so young when it all happened,”  Smith said.

At the age of six, Smith was adopted by a couple from Indiana. Smith moved from Russia to Indiana to join her new American family.

“I didn’t know what was going on but I adjusted after a while,” Smith said.

She lived in Indiana for her first seven years in America and then due to her dad’s job, moved to Lucas, Texas in 2007. She has gone to Lovejoy school since her seventh grade year.

Her beginning childhood in Russia and after six years, moving to a whole different country with a brand new family was an adjustment for Smith, but she eventually made it work.

Often adopted children want to know about their past and where they really came from. But that is not so easy for Smith. Being in a different country, it would be harder for her to find the answers she seeks.

“I’ve never talked to my birth mom and it doesn’t bother me too much,” she said.

Even though she comes from a different country, Smith has adapted to the way of life in America and has been a participant in different sports such as softball and basketball throughout her life and even plays these sports here on the campus.

Looking at Smith, people would see an average American girl, but what individuals may not know is that there is a real story that’s hidden behind Smith’s pretty face and blonde hair.

“I can not think about what my life could have been and just go by how it all worked out,” Smith said.

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Katie Curry
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Mike and Ikes, puppies, jeeps, One Tree Hill, and ice cream...lots and lots of ice cream; it’s Katie. Her life pretty much consists of these things with the addition of a few others, and that’s how most people know her. Alongside these 5 fantastic things, she is also recognized by her long brown curly hair and the unfortunate height of a 5th grader. Her love of her hometown, back-to-back NBA Champion basketball team, the Heat, gets her in trouble because of her surrounding Mav fans, yet she still wears that championship t-shirt to school every once in awhile. This will be her 6th year in Newspaper and she is SOOOO excited...there is a fully loaded snack cabinet with a bag full of Mike and Ikes in it after all. :)

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    kate smithOct 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    hey i live with my sister and brother they are my blood related siblings.. i never knew my real parents is what i said. hahah

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      LizOct 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Thanks for letting us know, sorry about that! We updated the story.

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    Jacob SnyderOct 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm