Family of the Year: For this freshman, attending Mason is a truly moving experience

2016 Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award goes to the Enrique family: Jill, daughter Risa, and Carlos. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

As hard as Risa Enrique tried, she could not hold back the tears.

What other reaction could she have, really? Her parents had uprooted their lives for her, moving from Florida to Virginia so she could attend George Mason University.

“I just want to make them proud,” the freshman said, her voice cracking. “I know I’m here for a reason.”

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