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Graduating class in Englewood defies the odds

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Monday night, 119 Englewood high school students earned their diplomas.

The inaugural class from Johnson College Prep are students who are African American and from low-income households. Nearly all the students will enroll in college this fall. Collectively, the class has earned more than $3.5 million in scholarships.

Many of the seniors that graduated Monday night have been accepted into some of the United State's most prestigious universities, including Cornell University, University of Chicago, Middlebury College, Coast Guard Academy, and Howard University.

One of the students, Markel Thomas, joined us on Good Day Chicago Tuesday to talk about the path he has chosen. As a young black man in Englewood, Markel’s story is unique in Chicago.

While many men his age take to prison or the streets, Markel is a student government leader who has taken classes at Brown University and has met President Barack Obama. He is set to attend Amherst on a full scholarship in the fall. He plans to study astronomy and astrophysics. Markel says his ultimate dream is to work for NASA.

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