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Susan Rice addressed female teens at an East Harlem school with 10 year 100% graduation rate

The same day that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan were touring a tech high school in Boston known for having a high graduation rate among its majority Hispanic and Black student body from low income households, Ambassador Susan Rice was at an East Harlem school for girls that has had a 100% graduation rate for ten straight years.

Both schools represent a story not often told about success in schools among minorities.  Ambassador’s Rice, who is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, used her visit to mark the th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  During her remarks to the 11th and 12 grade students The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem she continued to promote the White House’s message about “winning the future.”

Like the TechBoston kids, the young women at TYWLS also come from primarily low-income homes and beat the odds and societal expectations by excelling

“There is no greater source of empowerment and success,” Ambassador Rice said, “than to have, and to insist upon getting the best education.”

After the event, Ambassador Rice met and took photos with some seniors who had been accepted at prestigious universities.

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