Forest Park HS students are invited to the White House for beating the odds!

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Auriana and Amber are both college-bound in the fall - the first in their family to pursue further education after high school! This was no easy feat. Their chances of graduating from Forest Park High School and pursuing post-secondary education was nearly impossible without the support from CIS of Atlanta.

Both students were invited to attend the third annual Beating The Odds summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. As part of the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign, the event was an opportunity for more than 130 college-bound students from across the country to celebrate their tremendous accomplishments. At this year's summit, the First Lady was joined by YouTube personality Tyler Oakley, who moderated the discussion, as well as a panel with U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, a current college student, and musical artist Jidenna.

AURIANA
Auriana graduated with a 3.8 GPA despite growing up as a homeless student, spending her high school years in an extended stay hotel, and transferring from school-to-school. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class. She will attend Howard University in the fall to study business.

AMBER
Amber is the epitome of dedication and perseverance. Due to the lack of focus and hanging around the wrong crowd, Amber had 14 credits – barely enough to be considered a junior. Through a rigorous work regime, Amber made up all lost credits and attained Honor Roll status in the 12th grade. Amber will attend Atlanta Metropolitan State College in the fall to study nursing.

Watch what Auriana has to say about her once-in-a-lifetime experience to the White House!



Check out photos below from their trip to the White House:

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