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#MNPSco2017: Robert Taylor, Middle College High School

Graduation_Social-Media_2017_FacebookAd-2 For his entire senior year, Robert Taylor, a senior at Middle College High School, has been living independently.

The summer before his senior year, Robert aged out of Department of Children Services custody, and since then he has been a part of the Independent Living Program with Monroe Harding.

"He is a very responsible, mature and determined young man," said Chanta Hobson, his school counselor. "He is unlike any other senior I have known in my career."

Despite his personal hardships, Robert has managed to have a successful senior year by taking care of all of his academic and personal responsibilities. This fall he will participate in the Volunteer Bridge Program, a program for students that will attend Pellissippi State Community College for their first year of college. He will then transfer to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the fall of 2018.