Brina Kei Maxino was just 9 days old when doctors told her parents the bad news – that she might not live long because of her condition, Down Syndrom
At 11 years old, a psychologist told her parents that she probably won’t finish Grade School. Considering that most people with Down Syndrom
e only have an IQ of 50, equivalent to that of an 8-year-old kid, the doctor was really just telling her parents the odds, without sugar-coating her situation.
But Brina defied the odds, surprising everyone as she graduated valedictorian in Elementary from a regular school! She duplicated the achievement in High School, topping the class and giving her Valedictory Address – against all odds!
The following year, Brina completed a 1-year certificate in General Clerical Services went on to graduate from a 2-year Certificate in Association in Arts. This inspiring young lady continued to defy the odds, completing her four-year degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in History from CAP College Foundation, Inc. last May 2017.
Today, Brina works as educator as she found a job as Assistant Teacher at Pean Integrated School of Parañaque. Isn’t that impressive?
But this young lady’s achievements did not stop in the academic field. She also inspired everyone after becoming the Global Ambassador for Global Youth Activation Summit in South Korea last 2013. She was elected as Co-Chair of the 2015 Social Impact Summit for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
Thanks to her inspiring story, she was also chosen to deliver a speech at a dinner for the Special Olympics set at the White House in Washington, D.C. There, she met and inspired no less than former US President Barack Obama and many other people.
It was not the first or last time that Brina was invited to make a speech. She continues to travel around the world, inspiring people with her story as she defied all the odds to become the person she is today. From a girl predicted to not even finish grade school, she surprised everyone by graduating from three college courses. Isn’t she amazing?