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University of Chicago Charter School celebrates seniors accepted to college

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The University of Chicago Charter School held a rally on Thursday to recognize and celebrate those members of the senior class who have won admittance to college, halfway through the year.

The charter school on 64th Street is the only non-selective admission CPS high school to be top-ranked for the percentage of students who get into college, and even more importantly, who stay and succeed in college.

Thursday morning's pep rally showcased some remarkable success stories. Malik McMillon has been accepted to 19 universities. Priscilla Agbeo has been accepted to 12 universities. Agbeo's top choice? Stanford University, with a full-ride scholarship!

Unlike some elite colleges, Stanford is highly regarded by the staff at U Chicago Charter High because 89% of the African-Americans Stanford accepts get a degree.

Stanford University graduates 94% of the students it admits, including 89% of African-American students. This is a key statistic at the charter school's Woodlawn campus.

While they're proud that, for the last two years, 100% of seniors have been accepted to college, the ultimate goal is a college degree. That piece of paper is one key to a successful life in Chicago's new, knowledge-based economy.

What makes this South Side high school so distinctive is also how it focuses on building what used to be called "character" - the ability to suffer a defeat without feeling defeated. University of Chicago Charter School students learn that even if they can lose today, they can come back and win tomorrow.

"The lesson I've learned here, basically, is to never give up," McMillon told FOX 32 News. "During my previous years I was slipping – not going down the right path. My teachers motivated me, gave me the challenge. I was able to take it, strive and become the student I am today."

McMillon plans to study engineering at the University of Missouri at Columbia, which is one of the colleges the charter school focuses on. Twelve graduates are currently enrolled there. When Malik arrives on campus in the fall, he will find a support network already in place.

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