Aurora Sky Castner Wiki – Aurora Sky Castner Biography

A Texas teenager who was born in jail beat all the odds to graduate high school at the top of her class and will attend Harvard University in the fall. Aurora Sky Castner graduated third in her class at Conroe High School Thursday night 18 years after she was born in the Galveston County Jail, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“I was born in prison,” is how the new grad opened her application essay to the Ivy League school before being accepted through early action, according to the newspaper.

Castner’s mother was incarcerated when she gave birth to her and she was not a part of her life since the day her father picked her up from jail as a newborn and raised her as a single parent. With the help of the Conroe community, Castner was able to achieve her dream of entering Harvard, where she plans to pursue a career in law.


Aurora Sky Castner Age

The age of Aurora Sky Castner is 18 years.

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Aurora Sky Castner’s achievements

Staff at her elementary school introduced her to a community mentoring program in which adult volunteers have lunch with young students at least once a week and counsel them on their needs, goals, fears, and futures. Many of the mentor-student pairs form years-long relationships and Castner’s was no different. Mona Hamby has been a part of Castner’s life for a decade, according to the Chronicle.

“They gave me an article about her. Her hero was Rosa Parks, her favorite food was Dairy Queen tacos, and she loved to read. I thought this sounds like a brilliant girl,” Hamby told the newspaper. “I still have that role today.” Like Castner, Hamby did not have a mother in her life.


“She told me ‘I’ve been to jail.’ I said ‘no, that can’t be right,'” she said of the 8-year-old girl. “I knew I can’t go to lunch with this girl once a week, she needed more.” Hamby took Castner to her first salon haircut, helped her get glasses and even took her on a tour of the Harvard campus in March 2022, the publication reported. “After that trip, I saw her love for the school intensify,” Hamby said.

The teen said she found value in her life before and after joining the mentoring program. “It was a very different environment than the one I grew up in and that’s not a bad thing,” Castner told the Chronicle. “Everything Mona taught me was very valuable in the same way that everything I went through before Mona was very valuable.”

Others in the community also cared for the teen, from helping her get dental care to gifting her with a summer camp experience. A Boston University professor, James Wallace, even advised Castner on her application to Harvard, according to the newspaper. “He helped me tell my story in the best possible way,” he said.


But Castner’s academic rigor was self-motivated. She grew up a keen reader at an early age and joined her high school’s Science and Health Professions Academy, which helps prepare young minds for careers in science and mathematics. There was something satisfying about having all A’s and having that accomplishment,” she said. “Grades meant a lot to me.”

Castner said she is interested in studying psychology and philosophy at Harvard with an eye on a future law degree in a post shared with other incoming Harvard students. “I am beyond excited to attend Harvard College in the fall,” the teen wrote. “…I can’t wait to meet my classmates, so don’t be afraid to reach out!”Read More…..

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