Barack Obama to Mentor Two D.C. Students

Academies at Anacostia students selected for their improvement

By Kavitha Cardoza - WAMU 88.5
|  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:40 PM EDT
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Two students from Academies at Anacostia, a public charter school in D.C., will have the honor of being mentored by none other than President Barack Obama.

Juniors Alonzo Tabron and Malcolm Ware were chosen because they showed a marked improvement, both academically and behaviorally, over the past two years despite challenging home circumstances, a school spokesperson said. The president will mentor them until they graduate from high school.

Since 2009, Friendship Public Charter School has partnered with DCPS to to turn around what was previously called Anacostia High School. According to the school, the graduation rate has increased from 57 percent to 79 percent since the partnership began, with 90 percent of graduates being accepted to college.

Last year, first lady Michelle Obama, gave the commencement address to students at the school. She mentors Gabrielle Dukes, also a junior there.

 

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