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Sophie Johnson
Sophie Johnson is 16 and a junior at Malibu High School in Malibu, Calif. She recently was named as the ambassador from her school to the HOBY Leadership Conference.

Entries by Sophie Johnson

'Gotcha Day' Isn't a Cause for Celebration

(71) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:35 PM

In honor of National Adoption Month, we're sharing the stories of adopted teens. Do you have a story to tell? Email

I was five and a half years old when my parents adopted me in China and brought me to my new home to America. As my mom always...

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A Fundraiser I Founded Changed Someone's Life -- My Own

(10) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:35 PM

In April, I changed somebody's life. I set out to raise money to help a cleft-affected girl in my former orphanage in China and was successful -- wildly so. But the life I changed was actually my own. In trying to help someone else, I found my community.

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Why I Need to Help a 'Sister' I Don't Really Know

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:51 PM

I lived in an orphanage in China for the first 5.5 years of my life. I was born cleft-affected and like a lot of other cleft kids, I watched baby after baby be matched with their forever families and go home. I remember when they moved me to the Big...

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Homeless Kids

(16) Comments | Posted December 11, 2011 | 9:56 PM

Maggie Warner is eight years old and lives in a mini van parked on the street in Washington state with her mom and 17-year-old sister. She is homeless and has been since she was 22 months old.

I met Maggie because of a community service program I'm working on for...

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Why I Went to Occupy L.A. Instead of Synagogue

(77) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:51 AM

A little more than a month ago, I became a Bat Mitzvah. In Judaism, that means I am now an adult and have pledged to keep the traditions of my faith. And yet it was for those very reasons that I decided to spend Yom Kippur - the holiest day...

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