Metro Schools celebrates Class of 2017 success stories

MLK-Graduation-051416-4741 Graduations for the Class of 2017 start this week! To celebrate this wonderful accomplishment, we'll be featuring various graduate success stories here and through social media. Follow these stories with #MNPSco2017. All of the featured students were nominated by a teacher or counselor.

Here is a preview of the types of stories we'll be sharing:

Chike Brown, Hunters Lane High School

Chike is one of ten siblings and grew up in a single-parent household, causing him to take on increased home responsibilities. Despite his family obligations, Chike chose to take IB courses in high school and will be a first-generation college student in the fall.

Markia Shaw, The Academy at Opry Mills

Markia admits that she wasn't focused on school during her senior year, and as a result she didn't graduate with her class in May 2016.  In July, she suffered a devastating loss when her mother died in a car accident. She moved to a rural Tennessee area to live with her grandmother. Markia knew her mother wanted her to graduate high school, so she tried to enroll in the local school system. Because Markia had already missed her graduation date, she was denied enrollment. Not deterred, Markia moved back to Nashville to finish school at the Academy at Opry Mills while also working two jobs to support herself. As difficult as it was, Markia finished her courses quickly and graduated in December 2016.

William Robinson, Nashville School of the Arts

Will has been through an amazing story of identity and personal growth he continues to live each day. He is an inspiring dancer, and he radiates hope to every person he encounters. He aspires to attend college next year, and has been admitted to a number of colleges already this spring.

Kelton Elliott, Whites Creek High School

Kelton has been living with his grandparents since fifth grade. He has overcome many obstacles and has stayed focused with his academic goals. He is determined to meet his educational goals and will attend MTSU this fall.

Antonious Hanna of Glencliff High School

Three years ago, Antonious moved from Egypt to the United States and spoke barely any English when he arrived. He was originally placed in the Glencliff Adult Program because he was 17 years old and only had a few high school credits from his country.  Antonious fought to attend regular classes because he wanted to take full advantage of the traditional education he had moved across the world for.  He was granted permission to exit the Adult Program and enroll in regular classes, where he flourished. Antonious truly shines amongst his classmates. He is very involved in school activities and loves serving his community and bettering himself through action. Despite being an EL student, he scored seven points higher on his ACT than Glencliff's average score.