Latino Memphis recognizes students for volunteer work, academic excellence

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dozens of high school students, their friends and families gathered Thursday night to celebrate their achievements both in and out of the classroom. The 65 students are all part of Latino Memphis’ Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), a college access program. Over the past year, the students attended weekly educational sessions that helped them be better prepared for college. They also volunteered throughout the community, worked on local projects and participated in a state wide advocacy campaign. “The motivation and care I see in these young folks is absolutely amazing,” said Executive Director of Latino Memphis Mauricio Calvo. “They took this program and got absolutely everything they could out of it. The world is going to want to look out for them, and Memphis should be very proud to call them our own.” WREG was told the students represented numerous schools from around the city including Kingsbury, Cordova, Ridgeway, Overton and Southwind. On Thursday, the celebration even recognized the new students to the program as well as those up-and-coming seniors.
 

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