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IDS reporter Emily Miles passed around a notebook at the Feb. 23 Drag Queen Story Hour in Evansville, Indiana, for attendees to write what they saw, thought and felt. This is a selection of the responses.

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Tara Ganguly, the 2017 IU Bee runner up, spells an early-round word on her hand. The Scripps National Spelling Bee was started in 1925 by the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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Sara Sofia Carmona applies makeup in the corner of her room. While Sara Sofia enjoys artistic pursuits like makeup, calligraphy and singing, she also excels in math at school.

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Gustavo Carmona washes his hands after grating a bowl of yuca, which he and his wife Paola mix with cheese and Maizena, corn starch. In Venezuela, Gustavo worked as an industrial engineer, and Paola as a labor rights attorney.

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Emi, the youngest of the Carmona family, tends to the hair of one of her toys. She had to leave her old toys behind in San Cristobal, Venezuela, one part of the "hard stuff" she says each family member had to face.

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Paola Carmona washes a pot used earlier in the evening. She said her husband Gustavo is the real cook of the family, so she tends to stick to dishes.

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Sara Sofia Carmona applies makeup in the corner of her room. While Sara Sofia enjoys artistic pursuits like makeup, calligraphy and singing, she also excels in math at school.

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The Carmona family tries to settle on a television show in their living room in Bloomington. More than two years after fleeing violence in Venezuela, they await a decision over whether they will be granted asylum in the United States.

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