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The national high school graduate rate has hit a record high at 81.4 percent, but a number of students and communities must be reached to continue that growth. Today’s global economy demands a more educated workforce, requiring more students to graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and career.Public media is helping local communities keep more students on the path to a high school diploma, college & successful careers.WSKG is a proud community hub station of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen! Check back often for local Education news reports, media produced by teens from our area, and opportunities to get involved!

With Mother's Help, Student Reaches Full Potential

Champions go by many titles: teacher, coach, neighbor, friend, boss, classmate, or parent… Just to name a few! As part of WSKG’s program on graduation, we asked students to tell us about the person, place, or program that helps them find successful in school. 

Brieona Turner celebrates the person who helps her the most: her mom.

Brieona is working toward her high school diploma from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. She is studying Computer Aided Design in the Center for Career & Technical Excellence. Brieona plans to go to college and pursue a career in either art or neuroscience. https://youtu.be/Qn82WNTKZZM Submitted by Brieona Turner:All my life, my mother has encouraged me to move forward. My mother helps me when I need it and always adds positivity to my life. She is sweet, caring, maternal, and intelligent, with a great sense of humor. Whenever I see her, she makes me smile.My mother helps me achieve my full potential and supports me every step of the way. She is my support system, my best friend, my mother, and she is my champion. 


Sharing Student Voices

Brieona's essay and drawing was a selected submission from  Who's Your Champion? community callout. Her story is part of a collection of student reflections celebrating the individuals who provide endless help, support, and encouragement along the challenging path to high school graduation.Thanks for sharing your story, Brieona, and helping us honor your mom and your champion. Best wishes for continued success through graduation and beyond! 

More Champion Stories

Learn about the individuals and programs supporting students across Upstate New York. These featured champions were nominated by community members or honored by students from EverTech Academy at Broome Tioga BOCES.  American Graduate is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.