Yonkers senior learns English and publishes book in same year

A year ago she didn't speak any English, and now at just 16, a Yonkers student is a published author.

Gorton High School Senior Kerly Loja moved to the United States with her family last year from Ecuador and within 12 months, learned the English language, and has now published her first book before college.

Loja not only mastered a new language, but also learned nearly every scientific fact about sea turtles, their ecosystem, and their anatomy, for a summer program called Yonkers Bridges to Success, which addresses English literacy for students with a different first language.

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