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    Blazing a Trail: Palestine Small, GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholar

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    Blazing a Trail: Palestine Small, GSK Opportunity Scholar

    Palestine suffered neglect at the hands of her severely dysfunctional family. She was placed adopted by a relative who beat her and shot birds to show what would happen to Palestine if she told anyone of the abuse. At nine years old she was given alcohol to help her tolerate the beatings. At 12, she moved in with another relative, who shot her, and at 14, she was sent to live with her alcoholic father and suffered neglect and abuse. Over the next few years she was beaten and raped and began a drug addiction that lasted decades. By her late teens, Palestine was in the judicial system, often homeless, and sometimes suicidal. Finally, Triangle Residential Options For Substance Abusers (TROSA) helped change her life. Palestine says she is no longer a victim. Today, she is sober, part of a prison ministry, and a mentor to college students. Palestine will use her GSK Opportunity Scholarship at the University of North Carolina a