<em>Christina Uzzo will receive the honor of valedictorian for the class of 2014. She competed on the SVHS Mock Trial team and will be attending the University of Chicago this fall, planning to major in English or comparative literature.
This essay was written for Christina’s application for the University of California. “Describe the world you come from – for example, your family, community or school – and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.”</em>
<strong>By Christina Uzzo</strong>
My family tree twists and grows in unexpected directions.
Until I was 10, we were four: my mom, my dad, my younger sister and me. Then my parents got a divorce and within a few years my mom remarried. My family also grew instantly and I now have eight grandparents: my mom’s parents and stepparents, my dad’s parents and my stepdad’s parents.