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Leaving home for a dream
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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.

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