“I was the best out there,” Galdino told ABC13 after winning the Class 6A title. “I just had to show it to the world and everyone in the state.”
ABC13 learned more about Galdino’s global perspective during a visit to Stratford on Thursday. He came to Houston just a few years ago after his family escaped a dangerous situation in their native Ethiopia.
“It was hard coming to the United States, but the community was so welcoming,” Galdino explained.
This community includes dedicated teachers. Galdino knew very little English when he first came to Houston as a middle school student.
One of his SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) teachers, Dr. Carol Salva, from Seidlitz Education, shared a 2016 video of Emanuel having trouble reading.
Emanuel watched the video again during the interview.
“It’s crazy,” Galdino said, smiling. “It’s amazing – words fail me. It’s crazy.
And that includes passing all the exams needed to graduate – which he will do on Saturday. And then Galdino gets a full scholarship to Iowa State University, where he will run track and field and cross country.
“Me, I’m from Africa, I came here — look where I am now,” Galdino said. “I did something with it because I wanted to learn and get better at what I do.”
And show the world 1600 meters how far he runs. It’s no indication of how far Emanuel Galdino has come.
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