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Shy no more: Park senior opens up

Katia Zagal-Galvan. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia

Katia Zagal-Galvan is an outgoing senior in more ways than one.

She came to the United States at 3 years old from the state of Morelos in Mexico. She lived in New Brighton, Minneapolis and Columbia Heights.

"It's a completely different culture," Galvan said when asked about her adopted country.

She credits Park High School with helping her to blossom.

"I was really shy at first," she said. "Everybody began to notice how outgoing I was becoming."

Taking a public speaking class proved a significant step in "getting me out of my comfort zone," she said.

Galvan particularly enjoyed her classes in sign language, Spanish and anatomy.

She said she'll miss her teachers.

"They helped out a lot the first year," she said. "I didn't know anybody."

Galvan will study criminal justice at Inver Hills Community College.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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