March 11 - March 15
"I'm going to be totally frank here; nobody's motivating me to graduate, nobody but me, at least. Sure, people try to pep talk me, but none of it works on me. While most of the people around me have something motivating them to succeed, I'm working on my own accord." ~Donald, Grade 11
Join us during American Graduate Week from March 11 to March 15 as we hear from Evertech Alternative High School students, representing six school districts in our area. The students will share their personal stories: on being the first to graduate in their family, how they are affected when a classmate drops out of school, who is supporting them in achieving graduation.
Hear the stories during Morning Edition at 7:30AM and All Things Considered at 5:30PM on WSKG Radio, or listen to the winning stories below (full archive here).
Congratulations to all of our future American Graduates!
1st Place: Bobby, Grade 11, with Why Struggle?
Featured Friday on WSKG Radio
"When I look into the world today, I see people struggling for food, people always in need of money, and I hear on the news how scarce jobs are."
2nd Place: Thomas, Grade 11, with Me? I'm Going to Finish the Race
Featured Thursday on WSKG Radio
"If I drop out, or even if I get my GED, I would be throwing away 12 years worth of work."
3rd Place Tie: Stephen, Grade 11, with Because They Love Me
Featured Friday on WSKG Radio
"Not because they want to boss me around or treat me like dirt, it's because they want me to succeed."
3rd Place Tie: Jordan, Grade 11, with An Odd Motivating Factor
Featured Wednesday on WSKG Radio
"IF I WERE TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, I WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON IN OVER 100 YEARS IN MY FAMILY TO HAVE DROPPED OUT."
4th Place Tie: Jake, Grade 11, with It Doesn't Matter What You Think
Featured Tuesday on WSKG Radio
"SINCE I WAS TEN-YEARS OLD, THAT HAS BEEN MY DREAM. THAT DREAM IS THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS ME WANTING TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL."
4th Place Tie: Randy, Grade 11, with The Walk to School
Featured Monday on WSKG Radio
"On the walk to school, I would plan my day out in my head as if I was setting my own daily goals."
In the United States, 1 in 4 students will drop out before he or she finishes high school. How does this statistic affect students in our community? WSKG is proud to share the powerful stories of local teens as part of Youth Voice: American Graduate Edition.
"I want to have a nice life when I get older, I want to have a stable job and have a good income coming in, and graduating high school is going to help me with all that. I don't want to have to struggle like my family has." ~Lauren, Grade 11
"Dropping out of school would have only made my life harder. Not only would I be uneducated, but I would struggle to get a job and money. I don't think I would have gone anywhere in life. I'm glad that I made the change, not only in school but attitude as well." ~Baily, Grade 11
"I will just finish. There really isn't any super secret motivation or super encouragement behind it... High school is just a part of life right now that is mandatory for a student to take. I'm pretty much not dropping out so it looks good when I get a job. I can't stand school but I know it's good for me." ~Ashley, Grade 12
"I'd like to be mechanic someday and in order to do that I need to have a high school education. I'd really like to graduate to show everyone in my family that I can do what is needed of me, make my family proud by being the first one of my siblings to finish high school, go to a nice college, and lead a better successful life that some people don't get the chance to have." ~Dillan, Grade 12
"If the county changed the way they teach, there would be a lot less drop outs and a wealthier country because everyone would be working after high school. I would think that the country would try to do something about the teaching board. This country is probably one of the dumbest countries on earth because of our education system." ~Billy Joe, Grade 11