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In Her Own Words, Pageant Winner and Future R.N. Jacqueline Drexler Describes Overcoming Obstacles

Photo Credit: Sandy Porter.

Hello, world! My name is Jacqueline Drexler and I’m excited to meet everyone. I understand that I look like another pretty girl who is searching for something in this world. Please spend a moment with me and learn why I am here. I’m a young woman who’s interested in connecting with other young women and also with children who need someone to look up to and think, “hey, if this girl did it, then so can I.”

My mom was deported to El Salvador when I was 11 years old. My father was hurt and didn’t know how to cope with the idea of raising two little girls on his own. By the time I was in eighth grade, I transitioned from being a schoolgirl to a teenage troublemaker, without realizing that I was hurting on the inside.