Students at Urban Prep Academies are making Chicago proud. For the eighth consecutive year, 100 percent of the school’s seniors have been admitted to college.
But as the students celebrated their accomplishments at a signing ceremony on Thursday, they also honored a fellow classmate who was not with them.
It took a village to get the young men to this point, from their parents to their teachers. And there were definitely challenges along the way.
“I will be attending Illinois State University,” DeAndre Jones said as he stepped up to a microphone onstage at Daley Plaza.
It was their moment to tell where they’re going after years of hard work.
“I will be attending Middleberry University,” Devin Watson said.
The young men celebrated with their families during the well-attended event.
“Our students received 1,500 letters of admission from over 170 colleges and universities,” Tim Kim, founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, said.