#MNPSco2017: Jontae Meadows, Hume-Fogg Magnet High School
When Jontae Meadows, a senior at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, started high school, he faced struggles most students don't. He was practically homeless and lacked the focus and fundamental skills he needed to be successful at an academic magnet.
When most students would use their difficult situation as a crutch or excuse, Jontae didn't. His interest in young adult fiction and love of reading helped him persevere.
When Jontae entered his junior year, he started showing maturity, both personally and academically. He effectively used his study hall period, improved his grades and continued reading.
Jontae has maintained his motivation throughout his senior year and applied to multiple colleges. He will be graduating on May 16 and looks forward to going to college in the fall.