Hope in New Hampshire:

Seven years ago, Moses Wani was a refugee from war-torn Sudan, where many of his family had been killed.

When he came to Manchester, he was aggressive and acted out physically, grabbing for the things he wanted and refusing to listen to female teachers.

Now, Wani is 18 and a senior at Central High School. He keeps score for sixth-grade Catholic youth basketball. He is an usher every Sunday at St. Anne-St. Augustin Church.

He is active in youth groups and collects food for the poor. He’s even considering becoming a priest.

"He’s gone from being an example of not doing well to an example of doing really well," said Brother Paul Crawford, the church’s outreach coordinator.

"I’ve just been helping out," Wani said. "Everything they want."

Wani was one of 30 honored yesterday by the Diocese of Manchester during an awards ceremony for World Youth Day.

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