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Answering a Challenge This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

"Hey, shouldn't you be heading to class? It's onthe other side of the school. I heard there's ... "

Before my friendhad a chance to finish her sentence, a big "uh-oh" sign had alreadyflashed in my head. For fear of getting a detention, I urged my legs to runthrough the always-crowded hallways. Having too much fun chatting with myfriends, I had lost track of time and forgotten how far away my next class was.Huffing and puffing, I reached Biology as the bell signalled the start of theperiod.

Whew! Barely made it, I thought as I plopped down in a seat,trying to catch my breath.

"Sientante ... andale, andale!" Dr.Jang, my teacher, yelled, clapping his hands, speaking in Spanish to catch theclass's attention.

When everyone was seated, Dr.

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