He won an essay contest and a trip. But then he was disqualified — for being autistic, his family says
On paper, the Odd Fellows, a national fraternal organization, loved Niko Boskovic. The Portland, Oregon, teen’s essay on the history of Ukraine was thoughtful and well-written, his letters of recommendation praised him, and his interviews with local lodge members went well. Boskovic was the “clear winner” of the local Portland lodge’s essay contest, which meant he had earned a trip to visit the United Nations, according to The Oregonian.