The teenage Sonia Sotomayor was easy to spot in the halls of her New York high school.
Her uniform was often askew -- a once-crisp shirt protruding out and over her skirt's waistband as she carried a pile of books.
"She was focused so much on learning that she didn't notice," Mary Procidano, a classmate at Cardinal Spellman High School, recalled recently.
Sotomayor, now nominated for the Supreme Court by President Obama, seemed to hit her stride at Spellman, a rigorous Catholic institution and educational oasis in a crime-stricken neighborhood of the Bronx.
The schoolgirl first appeared shy and reserved, friends remember. But they soon got to know her as a hard-nosed, strong-willed girl, happy to debate friends, family or teachers. Read full article »