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“College is the place for me.” Chastity said.
by Melissa Bailey | Jan 7, 2013 12:00 pm
Solanlly and Chastity entered HSC as shy freshmen. They shared a devotion to a goal: To excel at school and go on to college, something neither of their parents had the opportunity to do.
With Strand’s help, they enrolled in a series of college prep programs. They spent five weeks taking summer classes at the University of Connecticut. They enrolled together in a class at Gateway Community College. This year, they’re taking three Advanced Placement courses together. Solanlly also took summer classes at The Taft School, a boarding school in Watertown.
The pair has been “wildly successful in all of their endeavors,” said Strand, who has worked with them for the past four years. “They just run with everything we put in their way.”
They are now leaders of HSC’s student council and community service club. At a school with a 25 percent dropout rate, where only a quarter of students earn a college degree within six years of graduation (according to one study), they’ve maintained a focus on college and career.
“I’m always asking why and why and why,” Chastity said. “College is the place for me.”
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