Detroit graduates keep freshman promise

June 18, 2010

The students include a future journalist, a politician, a mortician, a minister and a software engineer.

Come September, most will be in college. And most know exactly what they want to do: graduate with skills they can use to save Detroit.

Three years ago, I wrote about the 128 University Preparatory Academy High School freshmen who signed a pledge to finish high school, attend college, then return to help rebuild their hometown.

Last Saturday, 124 graduated from the public charter school, three are earning GEDs, and Principal Danielle Jackson said, “We haven’t given up on” the last.

The students called themselves Detroit’s Great Hope. They’re Detroit’s future.

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