Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

LOSS BECOMES GAIN.(Sage)

Byline: COVER STORY BY BARBARA CHAVEZ

Lauren Kovarik Cibola High School

Helping others understand her difference led hearing-impaired teen to self-confidence, friendships -- and a special talent

When Lauren Kovarik witnessed bullies surround a hearing-impaired student and maliciously flick the hearing aid from his ear, she stepped forward to intervene.

"I think it hurt her badly to see that," says Kovarik's mother, Toni Leon Kovarik. "She would never provoke conflict, but I think she felt like she had to stand up for someone in this case. She ended up telling this group of bullies off, and I really think she made a difference. Maybe they'll think twice about doing this again. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.