Overcoming Odds by Oleg Lougheed

When he was 11, Oleg Lougheed, who was living in an orphanage in Russia, was selected to visit the United States for two weeks to perform in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a folk singing group of orphans from his area. During one of those performances in 2004, Lougheed met two strangers who would later become his adoptive parents and bring him to the United States for good.

“It was culture shock on every single level,” said Lougheed, who knew little English when the adoption occurred. “The only way I could communicate with my parents was through a paper dictionary, that and Google Translate. Imagine you’re trying to communicate a sentence and you just have a keyword and hope they get the rest. There can …. read the great story

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