WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – Defying the odds, Ballou High School held its gradation on Tuesday and each of the 170 students to cross the stage received a college acceptance letter.
It’s a first for the Southeast, D.C. public school.
Ballou’s Class of 2017 sent a message to all of those “nay-say’ers” out there.
“They said I wouldn’t be nothing. Now they always say congratulations!” a chorus of graduates sang on the school’s football field as excitement beamed from their faces.
“Everybody just, they was betting on us failing, and we all came together and we graduated,” said Me’Ashja Hamilton.
It wasn’t easy for the Class of 2017. In addition to the violence and poverty surrounding Southeast D.C.’s Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, last year, only 3% of Ballou students met city-wide tested reading standards in school records.
They had the second lowest city public high school graduation rate according to WUSA9’s media partner, …