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Chamber Intern Selected Among 150 Students Nationwide for White House Beating the Odds Summit

Chamber Intern Selected Among 150 Students Nationwide for White House Beating the Odds Summit

2016-07-19 15.43.16-Edit2016-07-19 13.54.44Beating the Odds: For many of us, that feat can look insurmountable. For First Lady Michelle Obama it was the day she decided to share with a Guidance Counselor that she would like to attend Princeton University for College. The Counselor informed her that she was reaching too high. She should look at other universities around the state of Illinois to attend. The First Lady decided on that day she would beat the odds. Michelle Obama beat the odds when she was accepted and earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

When she became First Lady, she formed the Reach Higher Initiative. The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

The Chamber’s Research Intern Anthony Ransom-Cason, who just graduated from Gainesville High School and will begin his college career at Santa Fe College was one of more than 150 students invited to the White House on Tuesday, July 19 to celebrate beating the odds.

“Being invited to the White House was an honor and sitting in the presence of a diverse community of leaders my age is mind blowing. I’m Overwhelmed,” Anthony said.

Anthony and his fellow colleagues had the opportunity to hear from two panels of individuals that beat the odds facilitated by Wes Moore and Terry Oakley. Entertainer and Stanford grad Jidenna performed live for the students.

Education is an equalizer, beating the odds is not an insurmountable feat, we all can be successful with education and perseverance.

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