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Leaving home for a dream
Monroe High School student Javier Cifuentes stands outside his home south of Monroe Monday afternoon. Cifuentes will spend his junior year of school studying abroad in South Korea. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE- Javier Cifuentes, a Monroe High School student, is only 16 years old and already making his way to a challenging career in the U.S. government, dealing in North Korean relations. It's a dream he has had for several years. Cifuentes became fascinated by the language and culture after stumbling upon a South Korean news broadcast in seventh grade.