For the past few years, my hero has been Ms. Elsie Seaman. Each month during my four years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she sent me a generous check which was much needed and appreciated. Her help was consistent, and it always seemed to arrive at the perfect time as saving grace for books, fees and groceries. I could rely on her help and could not have gotten as far as I did without it.
Ms. Seaman's generosity and care for people and the community shows the kind of love that heroes possess. Love that is constant and overwhelming with its depth. I met with Ms. Seaman recently. She is a very inspiring person. Someday I hope to return the help she gave me by helping another student through college. Ms. Seaman will remain my hero, always. I thank you.
-- Snjeznan Dananic
Snjeznan Dananic lived in Nikiski and graduated from Nikiski High School in 1995. She was a regular contributor to the Clarion, describing life in her war-torn country of Croatia in the former Yugoslavia, as well as reflections in the United States. She graduated from UAF in December 1999 and has been working there for her practical experience. She also did work for the United Nations as a translator while going to school. She recently left Alaska to return for the first time in 6 1/2 years to her home and family in Croatia and will teach English in her town's high school. She plans to return to the United States next year for graduate school.
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