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The school visit: what to look for, what to ask

by: The GreatSchools Editorial Team | Updated: December 5, 2023

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The school visit: what to look for, what to ask

Be sure to visit all the schools on your list, if you can. A visit is the best way to determine whether a school is right for your child. Even a short visit will help you identify a school’s strengths and challenges. It’s also the only way to get a feel for a school’s climate — intangible but important factors like the dynamism of the teaching, engagement of the students, quality of communication, level of respect between students, teachers, administrators, and parents, and the overall sense that the school offers a safe and inspiring learning environment .

School visit checklists

Use this printable guide to help you plan your elementary, middle, or high school visit.

Before your visit

  • Do your homework. Read about the schools you’ll be visiting. Examine their school profiles on GreatSchools.org. Talk to other parents and check your local newspaper for articles about the schools.
  • Contact the school.  Most schools conduct regular school tours and open houses during the enrollment season — typically in the fall. Call the school or go online to schedule a visit.
  • Ask and observe. Jot down your questions before your visit (the sample questions below will help you create your list).

Key questions to ask

  • Does this school have a particular educational philosophy or mission?
  • What curriculum does the school use for math, reading, science, etc? Ask if the school follows the Common Core State Standards , Next Generation Science Standards , and which program(s) are they using to teach children to read ?
  • What is the average class size ?
  • What is this school’s approach to student discipline and safety? Do they practice restorative justice ? Are the discipline practices fair for families of color ? Do they practice corporal punishment , and if so, can you opt out of that for your child?
  • How much homework do students have? What is the school’s philosophy/approach to homework ?
  • What kind of library resources are available to students?
  • How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school?
  • How do the arts fit into the curriculum? Is there a school choir, band or orchestra? A drama program? Art classes?
  • What extracurricular opportunities (sports, clubs, community service, competitions) are available for students?
  • How do students get to school? Is free school busing available?
  • Is bullying a problem at the school? Does the school have an anti-bullying policy ?
  • Does the school have a program for gifted students ?
  • How does this school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?
  • What strategies are used to teach students who are not fluent in English?
  • What professional development opportunities do teachers have ? In what ways do teachers collaborate?
  • Does the school offer Physical Education (PE) classes?
  • What are some of the school’s greatest accomplishments? What are some of the biggest challenges this school faces?

Features to look for

  • Do classrooms look cheerful? Is student work displayed, and does it seem appropriate for the grade level?
  • Do teachers seem enthusiastic and knowledgeable, asking questions that stimulate students and keep them engaged?
  • Does the principal seem confident and interested in interacting with students, teachers and parents?
  • How do students behave as they move from class to class or play outside?
  • Is there an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) ? What other types of parent involvement take place at this school?
  • How well are the facilities maintained? Are bathrooms clean and well supplied, and do the grounds look safe and inviting?

Especially for elementary schools

  • What are some highlights of this school’s curriculum in reading , math, science and social studies?
  • What criteria are used to determine student placement in classes?
  • How does this school keep parents informed of school information and activities? Are they easy to communicate with ?
  • Does the school let parents know what their rights are (and aren’t ) in regards to your child’s education?
  • Is quality child care available before and after school?
  • How much outdoor time do kids get each day?

 Especially for middle schools

  • How does the school guide and prepare students for major academic decisions that will define their options in high school and beyond? Do they provide advice to parents on how to help this age group ?
  • Does the school offer tutoring or other support if students need extra help?
  • Are world language classes (French, Spanish, etc.) offered to students?
  • If the school is large, does it make an effort to provide activities that create a sense of community ?

Especially for high schools

  • Does this school have a particular curriculum focus, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or the arts?
  • What kind of emphasis does the school place on college preparation ?
  • Does the school have a good selection of Advanced Placement (AP) and honors classes?
  • What percentage of students take the SAT or/and ACT ?
  • Where do students go after they graduate? How many attend four-year college? Are graduates prepared for college ?
  • Are counselors available to help students make important decisions about classes?
  • Is college counseling and support available?
  • Does the school offer a variety of career planning options for students who are not college bound?
  • Does the school staff set high expectations for all students?
  • Does the school have a tutoring program so students can get extra help if they need it?
  • How do students get to school? Is there a parking lot, and are buses (public or district-provided) available?
  • Does this school have any school-to-work programs or specialized academies ?
  • What is the school drop-out rate ?

Especially for charter schools

  • When and why was this school created ?
  • Does the school have a specific focus?
  • Who is the charter holder, or the group that created the school?
  • How does the school select teachers? Are the teachers certificated?
  • Is this the permanent location or facility for the school? If not, will the school be moving to another location in the near future?

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Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours: Experience Excellence In Person

Last Updated on January 10, 2024

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Get ready for Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours! These tours are exciting peeks into the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Perfect for students and parents, they show off campuses full of life and learning. Join us to see where leaders grow. We promise a journey full of discovery and inspiration.

Understanding Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours

What's in a college tour? A lot! Especially at HBCUs. Picture this. You walk through vibrant campuses. You learn about unique programs. You meet the people who bring each HBCU to life during Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours.

HBCU tours offer more than campus walks. They let you feel the heartbeat of the place. See where students study. Discover where they relax. You can ask questions too. Meet teachers. Chat with students who share your interests.

Why go on a tour? It's about seeing your future. It helps you find the right fit. The place where your dreams take off.

Start with questions and an open mind. What do you seek in a college? Strong programs? Lively campus life? Keep these in mind as you explore during your Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours.

Exploring Regional Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours

Get set to explore the best HBCU campuses this spring! Our guide breaks down tours region by region. Find the perfect Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours like the HBCU Awareness Foundation . It can be near you or plan an adventure farther away. Each tour brings a unique experience. Whether it’s a historic campus in the South or a bustling urban setting up north, there’s something for every tour for high school students. 

Northeast Tours

  • Departure location and date: Baltimore, MD, March 24-28, 2024
  • HBCUs Included: Morgan State University, Howard University, Bowie State University, Bennett College, Norfolk State University, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, Florida A&M University, Spelman College, Delaware State University, Shaw University, Morehouse College
  • Departure location and date: Norristown, PA, March 24-29, 2024
  • HBCUs Included: The schedule is being finalized.

Southeast Tours

  • Departure location and date: Charleston, SC, April 4-6, 2024
  • HBCUs included: Hampton & Norfolk State University, Delaware State University, The University of Maryland at Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Howard University, North Carolina Central and NC A&T University
  • Departure location and date: Nashville, TN, March 17-19, 2024
  • HBCUs included: Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State university, Fisk University, American Baptist College

Midwest Tours

  • Tour location and date: Indianapolis, IN, March 24-29, 2024
  • HBCUs included: Wilberforce University, Central State University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Albany State University, Florida A&M University, Savannah State University, South Carolina State University, Claflin University, Kentucky State University
  • Tour location and date: Cleveland, OH , February 19-23, 2024
  • HBCUs included: Howard University, Hampton University, Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, Tennessee State University, Kentucky State University
  • Tour location and date: Cincinnati, OH, March 24-29, 2024.
  • HBCUs included: Tennessee State University, Jackson State University, Grambling State University, Southern University A&M, Xavier University of LA, Dillard University, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Tuskegee University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University
  • Tour location and date: Southfield, MI, March 24-30, 2024.
  • HBCUs included: Kentucky State University, Bennett College, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Central University, Delaware State University, Lincoln University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University
  • Tour location and date: Las Vegas, NV, March 9-15, 2024.
  • HBCUs included: Claflin University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, Bennett College, Johnson C. Smith University, Shaw University, Winston-SalemState University, Benedict College, Saint Augustine's University, Fayetteville State University
  • Tour location and date: Oakland, CA, March 14-19, 2024
  • HBCUs included: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Miles College, Alabama State University, Tuskegee University

Signing Up for Managed HBCU Tours

Looking for a hassle-free tour experience? Consider private Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours. They manage all the details for you. From travel to accommodations, they've got it covered.

Start by choosing a tour company. Look for ones that specialize in HBCU tours. They know these campuses inside and out. Plus, they often have exclusive access and insights.

Next, sign up on their website. Choose a tour that fits your schedule and interests. These tours come in various packages. Some include five or more campuses. Others focus on a single HBCU.

Lastly, get ready for a seamless tour experience. These companies take care of your travel, stay, and meals. All you need to do is show up and immerse yourself in the HBCU spirit!

Making the Most of Your HBCU Tour Visit

Selecting a Spring Black College Tour is a big step towards college life. Make them count! Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit:

  • Ask questions. Ask lots of them. Inquire about programs, student life, and support services. The more you ask, the clearer your picture of the college will be.

Engage with Students and Faculty

  • Chat with current students and teachers. They offer real insights you won't find in brochures. Their experiences can help you see if the college is the right fit for you.

Explore Beyond the Tour

  • If time allows, wander around the campus on your own. Check out the local area, too. It gives you a feel for what living there might be like.

Remember, this tour is about finding your future home. So, take in every moment and envision your life on campus.

Virtual Tour Options for Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours

Can’t make it in person? No worries! Many HBCUs offer virtual tours. They are a convenient way to explore campuses from home.

What to Expect in a Virtual Tour

  • Virtual tours usually include videos or interactive maps. They show campus landmarks, classrooms, and dorms.
  • Some tours feature chats with admissions officers or students. This gives you a chance to ask questions.

How to Access Virtual Tours

  • Visit the HBCU's website to find virtual tour options.
  • Some tours might need you to sign up in advance, so check early.

Even though it's online, a virtual tour can be very informative. It's a good starting point if you're considering more than one HBCU.

Spring 2024 HBCU College Tours are a gateway to your future. They offer a unique glimpse into the vibrant world of HBCUs. Choose an in-person tour or a virtual experience. Each visit helps you find your ideal college . As you explore, remember that each HBCU has its own story. This story could become part of yours. Embrace this journey with an open mind and heart. You might find the place where you belong.

Discover Your HBCU Dream College

Your Next Step Awaits Eager to explore more? Visit our HBCU College Tours Page . Find a comprehensive list of tour companies. Get more information to guide your choice.

Guidance at Every Step Just starting your journey? Or finalizing your choices? Our resources will guide you. Every step of the way, we're here to help. Start your journey today. Discover the HBCU that's right for you!

FAQs About HBCU College Tours

What is the hardest HBCU to get into?

Spelman College often ranks as the most selective HBCU. It stands out for high academic standards and competitive acceptance rates.

What is the most prestigious HBCU?

Many regard Howard University as a prestigious HBCU. It boasts a rich history, strong academic programs, and notable alumni.

Which HBCU has the most diverse students?

North Carolina A&T State University attracts a diverse student body. Students from various backgrounds contribute to its vibrant campus life.

Is college touring worth it?

Absolutely! College tours let you experience campuses firsthand. They help you sense the environment and meet people. This aids in making an informed college choice.

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Hello, I'm Ruby Galvez. I'm originally from the Philippines and have been a dedicated writer for HBCU lifestyle since 2012. My writing journey at HBCU lifestyle is more than just a profession; it's a heartfelt advocacy for the mission of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As a college graduate, I'm deeply passionate about supporting first-generation college students and fostering diversity and inclusion. I firmly believe in empowering the next generation of student change-makers through education and awareness. Each article I craft is a step towards this goal, using my voice to inspire and enact change. Join me in this mission for a more equitable and educated world.

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ATLANTA — Starting Tuesday, you can purchase tickets to Kirk Franklin’s Reunion Tour which is making its way to Atlanta this fall.

Kirk Franklin, 19-time Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, and artist, announced the 2024 leg of the tour after the success of the 2023 tour.

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This tour reunited some of the biggest names in gospel music.

Franklin announced that he would be joined by co-headliners including his esteemed peers and gospel music icons Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, and The Clark Sisters, and Kierra Sheard-Kelly.

The 33-date tour kicks off on Sept. 6 in Philadelphia.

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T OPEKA ( KSNT ) – Between NOTO, the riverfront, Downtown Topeka and the development of the Polk-Quincy viaduct, community stakeholders got together Monday, May 20, for a bus tour to better understand projects, developments and visions for the Capital City.

These include the “Story of Noto in Art”, discussing efforts on the east side of downtown, vacancies and more.

“This really takes four different projects, put them all as one and frames them as something much more palatable and achievable when we look at it as a whole,” President of Downtown Topeka Ashley Gilfillan said.

As for continuing to develop NOTO and other parts of the city’s core area, NOTO Executive Director Thomas Underwood said one vision he has is more places to live.

“Where should that housing be,” Underwood said. “What kind of housing? What are the possibilities? When I’m looking wearing my NOTO hat, I look at this area like gosh there’s a half block of empty space here. What could that be, how would that complement about the things we want to do in NOTO?”

Topeka Councilman Marcus Miller told 27 News that being able to set his eyes on areas that need to be developed helped him better understand why it needs to be developed.

“I’ve been in North Topeka, I’ve been in Topeka my whole life, but being in North Topeka and looking at it from the standpoint of here is the development, here is the things we’re trying to do, but being able to actually take the time to just stand there and actually look at that space is extremely important for people’s education to be able to truly get a grasp of what’s going on,” Miller said.

But it was the riverfront that stood out most to Miller.

“Being in that space of where things would go, that allowed me to really be able to wrap my head around the opportunity that lays right there right in the middle of our town to be able to truly develop and bring a lot of money and jobs into this economy,” Miller said.

You can go to the Great Overland Station Tuesday, May 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a public engagement event with Topeka’s riverfront advisory council.

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Study Shows Alarming Rise in Heart Failure Deaths, Especially Among Younger Adults

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After decades of decline, heart failure mortality is climbing, with a dramatic rise in heart failure deaths among younger adults. 

The number of people dying from heart failure in the United States went down steadily from 1999 to 2009. However, progress made in treating heart failure began unraveling from 2009 to 2012 when heart failure-related mortality rates plateaued, according to a study led by Duke University School of Medicine.  

From 2012 onwards, heart failure mortality rates have been increasing. 

Marat Fudim, MD, an associate professor in the Duke Department of Medicine and lead author of the study published April 24 in JAMA Cardiology , points to widespread obesity and rising rates of diabetes and hypertension putting more people at risk for heart failure. Yet, the high cost of new heart medicines and difficulty accessing health care may be hindering effective heart failure treatment.  

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“The gains made from 1999 to 2012 have been entirely undone by reversals from 2012 to 2021, meaning that contemporary heart failure mortality rates are higher than in 1999,” said Fudim, who treats patients with heart failure at Duke Health .

A surge in heart failure deaths in 2020 and 2021 masks a longer-term trend as “the origins of the reversals preceded the COVID-19 pandemic,” Fudim said. “Disruptions in health care caused by COVID-19 added fuel to a smoldering fire and heart failure mortality rates accelerated dramatically.”  

Researchers developed the cohort analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research .

The CDC data is based on information from death certificates and study authors acknowledge that relying on death records has limitations. Death certificates might not always accurately identify the cause of death, especially when symptoms of heart failure are similar to those of other conditions like COVID-19. 

Still, the government data revealed reversals in the decline of heart failure mortality as improving trends started to worsen. 

In 2012, the heart failure-related mortality rate of about 82 deaths per 100,000 people started going up, reaching 106 per 100,000 by 2021. This spike hasn’t been seen since 1999 when the heart failure-related mortality rate stood at 105 per 100,000 people. 

Reversals affected various groups differently. According to the study’s results, the greatest increases in mortality were seen in adults under age 45 (906.3%), adults aged 45-64 (384.7%), men (119%), African-Americans (166%), and rural residents (92%). Parts of the U.S. with the largest jumps in heart failure were the South (118%) and Midwest (115%).

Although heart failure is typically linked to old age and damage to the heart over time, the study suggests young adults are encountering heart failure.  

It’s a trend that Fudim and other experts in cardiovascular medicine believe could be connected to the repercussions of childhood obesity catching up to millennials and Gen Z.

Combating Heart Disease 

While there's no cure for heart failure, medications can ease common symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling.

To help the heart pump more efficiently, doctors may prescribe patients a combination of medicines from four main classes of drugs that include beta blockers and sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors . However, patients may struggle to access newer therapies due to substantial co-pays or inadequate prescriptions from physicians .

For severe cases of heart failure, heart valve surgery or implantable cardioverter defibrillators might be necessary. 

Addressing the resurgence in heart failure deaths doesn’t solely depend on treatment, Fudim said.

Curbing heart failure mortality includes educating the public about heart disease prevention, diagnosing heart failure earlier, and offering remote care to the millions of rural Americans who live hours away from a hospital or heart doctor.  

“By focusing on these areas, we could enable better management to help people live longer and with a better quality of life,” Fudim said. 

Additional authors include Ahmed Sayed, MBBS; Dimitry Abramov, MD; Gregg C. Fonarow, MD; Mamas A. Mamas, MD, PhD; Ofer Kobo, MD; and Javed Butler, MD, MPH.  

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How COVID shaped 4 graduating seniors' high school experience

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Like the rest of us, high school seniors spent the past four years grappling with the consequences of the COVID pandemic. We asked four of them to reflect on how they think COVID shaped their high school experience.

SARAH FOGLIA: My name is Sarah Foglia. I'm 18 years old, and I live in Raleigh, N.C.

JEWEL PETERSON: My name is Jewel Peterson. I'm 18. I'm a senior at Washington Leadership Academy.

SKYLAR WARD: I'm Skylar Ward. I'm 18, and I'm from Mount Desert Island, Maine.

GRAHAM JONES: My name is Graham Jones. I am 18 years old, and I live in Newburg, Ind.

FOGLIA: I stayed home one day because I was sick, and I never went back to that school ever again.

WARD: I came into high school my freshman year, and it was completely remote for the first half. We never really seemed to make up the learning that we missed.

PETERSON: I don't think I actually came out that year with any friends.

JONES: My sister has a heart condition and also one kidney.

WARD: I'm more of an introverted person by nature, and I have ADHD, so working at my own pace was really beneficial to me.

PETERSON: I learned to be more independent with my studies, learning how to find information, ask questions, you know, take time out of my day with myself to make sure that I'm understanding the information.

WARD: I remember vividly sitting on my laptop with the band director, and we were on a Google Meet with maybe 100-plus other students, and everyone was just trying to figure it out. Like, they were just sitting there with their instruments and we didn't really know what to do, and it kind of felt hopeless at points.

FOGLIA: And so when I went into my sophomore year, finally in person and getting out of the pandemic, I just really struggled keeping up and getting good grades.

JONES: Just in my head, it's kind of been rewired. The gatherings are all very - they can be stressful.

PETERSON: I don't really go to - especially now to talk to people very often. It's just I find it easier to be kind of independent and by myself.

JONES: I wear a mask constantly. I have since 2020. The only time I ever take it off is during archery events, and that's only for periods of 1 to 2 minutes. My stance on it is I do it to protect my sister. And I get a lot of criticism from friends, family, or even just parents of students that I know who just say it's like, oh, COVID ended.

WARD: A lot of times, I felt like quitting during the pandemic. My takeaway is just don't stop. Don't lose hope. You know, things are better now for me.

FOGLIA: A life lesson that I learned would definitely be to not take things so seriously. Everything can change in a matter of a day or a few hours.

JONES: There's a lot of opportunities out there for me soon, and I'm really excited for those. And so I think you have to be persistent. You have to be resilient. You have to be a self advocate, but you also have to be able to make the most of what your situation is.

PETERSON: I am very, very, very excited to finally be able to graduate. It's been a long time coming. We all have worked really hard for it. You know, times have been tough, but we were able to work through it and get to where we are now.

MARTIN: That was Jewel Peterson, Graham Jones, Sarah Foglia and Skylar Ward, all high school seniors who are graduating this spring. Congratulations to them. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

community high school tour

How COVID shaped 4 graduating seniors' high school experience

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Like the rest of us, high school seniors spent the past four years grappling with the consequences of the COVID pandemic. We asked four of them to reflect on how they think COVID shaped their high school experience.

SARAH FOGLIA: My name is Sarah Foglia. I'm 18 years old, and I live in Raleigh, N.C.

JEWEL PETERSON: My name is Jewel Peterson. I'm 18. I'm a senior at Washington Leadership Academy.

SKYLAR WARD: I'm Skylar Ward. I'm 18, and I'm from Mount Desert Island, Maine.

GRAHAM JONES: My name is Graham Jones. I am 18 years old, and I live in Newburg, Ind.

FOGLIA: I stayed home one day because I was sick, and I never went back to that school ever again.

WARD: I came into high school my freshman year, and it was completely remote for the first half. We never really seemed to make up the learning that we missed.

PETERSON: I don't think I actually came out that year with any friends.

JONES: My sister has a heart condition and also one kidney.

WARD: I'm more of an introverted person by nature, and I have ADHD, so working at my own pace was really beneficial to me.

PETERSON: I learned to be more independent with my studies, learning how to find information, ask questions, you know, take time out of my day with myself to make sure that I'm understanding the information.

WARD: I remember vividly sitting on my laptop with the band director, and we were on a Google Meet with maybe 100-plus other students, and everyone was just trying to figure it out. Like, they were just sitting there with their instruments and we didn't really know what to do, and it kind of felt hopeless at points.

FOGLIA: And so when I went into my sophomore year, finally in person and getting out of the pandemic, I just really struggled keeping up and getting good grades.

JONES: Just in my head, it's kind of been rewired. The gatherings are all very - they can be stressful.

PETERSON: I don't really go to - especially now to talk to people very often. It's just I find it easier to be kind of independent and by myself.

JONES: I wear a mask constantly. I have since 2020. The only time I ever take it off is during archery events, and that's only for periods of 1 to 2 minutes. My stance on it is I do it to protect my sister. And I get a lot of criticism from friends, family, or even just parents of students that I know who just say it's like, oh, COVID ended.

WARD: A lot of times, I felt like quitting during the pandemic. My takeaway is just don't stop. Don't lose hope. You know, things are better now for me.

FOGLIA: A life lesson that I learned would definitely be to not take things so seriously. Everything can change in a matter of a day or a few hours.

JONES: There's a lot of opportunities out there for me soon, and I'm really excited for those. And so I think you have to be persistent. You have to be resilient. You have to be a self advocate, but you also have to be able to make the most of what your situation is.

PETERSON: I am very, very, very excited to finally be able to graduate. It's been a long time coming. We all have worked really hard for it. You know, times have been tough, but we were able to work through it and get to where we are now.

MARTIN: That was Jewel Peterson, Graham Jones, Sarah Foglia and Skylar Ward, all high school seniors who are graduating this spring. Congratulations to them. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

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