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On the brink of dropping out, student becomes valedictorian with help of bus pass

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CHICAGO - 230 at risk students graduated today in a joyful ceremony for the Chicago Excel Academy.
But one student nearly missed his high school experience altogether.
Yoquan Williams, 18, was determined to go to school, even with significant financial and family obstacles and the challenge of transportation.
Thursday he received his diploma, which may be the second most important piece of paper in his education behind his bus pass.
“Some days I could afford bus fare, and some days,” Williams said. “I couldn't really see a way for me to get there.... It was just an issue of me getting...
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High school graduation marks milestone in friendship born out of tragedy

High school graduation marks milestone in friendship born out of tragedy

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"It was more than just somebody who came here and needed help. She's become part of our family."
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Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump directed him to pay for poll...

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Michael Cohen tweeted about what appeared to be another example of questionable actions he'd taken in order to help Trump's presidential ambitions. He already has pleaded... Read more ...