Entire senior class heading to college, sets record for scholarships

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RICHTON PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- The full graduating people astatine Southland College Prep Charter High School is headed to college.

After years of hard work, the seniors astatine Southland College Prep got a accidental to spot however it has paid disconnected arsenic each pupil revealed wherever they volition be assemblage successful the fall.

All 115 members of the people of 2022 person been accepted, with immoderate choosing betwixt the nation's apical schools, including Candace Cochran, who volition be Columbia University successful New York.

"I've been accepted to 20 schools," Cochran said. "Some of the different ones included Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins."

This end-of-the-year accomplishment has been the norm for the predominantly African American precocious school. Lauren Russell racked up much than $3 cardinal successful scholarships and 26 acceptances. She's leaning toward Dartmouth College, and said this would not person happened without hard work.

"I've ne'er been the smartest idiosyncratic successful the classroom, truthful erstwhile different students are getting a conception similar this, it takes maine doubly arsenic hard to get it," Russell said. "But I enactment hard due to the fact that I privation to enactment ahead, I privation to enactment with my classmates astatine that level."

Dr. Blondean Davis, CEO of Southland College Prep, said the school's committedness to the students doesn't extremity erstwhile they graduate.

"You truly can't nonstop the archetypal procreation of assemblage students distant without checking connected them and making definite they person support," Davis said.

In summation to their awesome accomplishments, the people of 2022 acceptable a record, earning a full of $62 cardinal successful merit-based scholarships. They bushed the erstwhile grounds holder, the class of 2020, which earned $60 million.

"I knew we could bash it," Russell said. "Some of these kids I've known since kindergarten and they've been the aforesaid mode since kindergarten, moving truthful hard, truthful smart. So I knew we would get to this constituent and I'm truthful arrogant of each and each 1 of them."

Blaze Atwood, who volition be Wake Forest successful the fall, agrees that seeing his classmates enactment hard helped with his success.

"Just situation yourself with radical who truly enactment you connected your way and Southland truly did that," helium said.

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