Acknowledgements

Thank you to Mom and Dad for never letting me watch too much TV and encouraging me to read books instead. I could never have done this without your support.

Also, thank you to Smitty, Noah, Wilson, Apollo, Espinoza, Zak, Guo-seph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica, Ms. Weiser and Ms. Reed, Dr. Antoine, Swanson and Hightower and Big Gonz, Grandpa and Fizzie, Uncle John, Mac and Spencer, the boys at AT and everyone at The Telling Room, Brené, Trey and the BB team, JZ and Liz, and finally, EA and Hayden.

You were the ones who believed in me through word or deed even when sometimes I didn’t believe in myself, and it’s because of that that I had the strength to reach where I am today.

It’s been a long journey, and the road ahead is even harder than the one before it, but I’m ready.

C.S.