Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy has again achieved a 100 percent acceptance rate for its 2014 class.
It’s the fifth year in a row the school has achieved the benchmark. This year, 240 students were accepted into four-year colleges and universities.
“I got into a lot of different schools but right now I’m thinking about four different choices,” student Keshawn Cathery said.
“I got into Georgetown University which I will be attending in the fall,” student Derrick Little said.
As part of an Urban Prep ritual, when seniors are admitted into college, they exchange their red uniform ties for a red and gold striped tie, a symbol of how hard they’ve worked.
“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave the students a pep talk Tuesday, and NBA star Dwayne Wade donated $10,000 through his foundation to offset the cost of the student prom.
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