Students are interviewed for entrance into the leadership academy.

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In a moment of reflection, Oprah prepares for the most exhilarating part of this day, meeting with the girls. "This past year, when I realized that this is going to happen, I started dreaming about them. And in my dream, they would be blurred. I'd be trying to see their faces...I would ask their names, and just as they went to speak, I would awaken," she says. "Yesterday I met a few of them for the first time. I realized those were the names, those were the faces in my dream."

These young faces exude hope, possibility, promise. "Yesterday I asked an 11-year-old, 'Why do you want to come to this school?' and she said, 'It is my tomorrow!' They are already wonderful. They are my dream girls."