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My Journey to Kelly High School

A New Starting Point My eighth grade year was all about preparing to go to high school. My mind was set to go to Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. However, my parents weren’t so keen on letting me go to a high school where I would have to take public transportation. It was not safe and I was too young, they would say. Instead of the forty-five minute train ride it would take to get to Whitney Young, my…

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Common Purpose

On Wednesday, July 17, 2016 our team hosted a group of the students of Common Purpose from the University of Exeter in Devon, England for lunch. Common Purpose is an international leadership program designed to train culturally intelligent leaders who are prepared to solve the world’s problems. As members of the program, these students came to Chicago to learn about the factors that have shaped our city and the work being done to correct Chicago’s issues. The students, hosted by…

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My High School Experience

I grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia and went to Stone Mountain Middle School. Once I started sixth grade, I immediately joined the band and loved it. Most of my friends were in band, and I spent many hours a week practicing my clarinet. I already had a musical background since my family is musical and I started playing piano when I was six. For my future education, I envisioned probably what most of my band peers envisioned: I would…

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My Time at Roosevelt High School

I was definitely not planning on attending Roosevelt when I was an 8th grader at Palmer Elementary. As a kid on the north side of Chicago, I really didn’t know what high schools were available, nor did I know what it would be like to go to a school that is far away from home. Consequently, I was set on going to Lincoln Park, the school my older cousin was attending at the time. The only other schools I wanted…

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