I Love Public Schools I Love Public Schools

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Nibras Basitkey, a Yazidi student who graduated from Lincoln North Star, appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show | Courtesy Photo

Nibras Basitkey has come a long way since she and her Yazidi family moved to Lincoln after ISIS invaded their small village in northern Iraq.

She joined a new community, a new school. Learned a new language. Joined the speech and debate team at Lincoln North Star High School, where she made it to nationals. Interned for a congressman and was the first from her family to graduate high school, where she gave the commencement speech in 2018. Enrolled in college — another family first — and joined Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai's nonprofit, where she advocates for girls and their right to an education.

Yes, she's come a long way.

So, when NBC's morning show "Today" came calling looking to share her remarkable journey, Basitkey didn't hesitate.

Read the full story by Zach Hammack: https://bit.ly/3b5Yrvz

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