Three students from the Area Learning Center presented essays at the Albert Lea Exchange Club meeting on March 29th. The stuents, Nyapuot Ruei, Ma La, and Mercedes Bidler, were accompanied by their Principal, Tonya Prouty at the meeting. Ruei, La, and Bidler applied for the ACE Award. The process included filling out a short application and writing an essay. The essay detailed how they have faced and overcame special challenges in life as well as how they plan to make their community and world a better place to live.