The Margaret Talkington School for Young Women leaders is celebrating their first-ever graduating class, and guaranteeing that 100 percent have been accepted to college.
Sixteen students are going to college; one has enlisted in the Army.
Principal Berta Fogerson says several are the first to graduate from their families.
Sirina Coronado is one of those students. She says six years ago, she never would have imagined today would come.
"My parents forced me," says Coronado. "I did not want to come here at all."
But a bit of time and some really valuable opportunities changed her heart for Talkington.
"From there on out it has been my decision and I wouldn't trade it for anything," Coronado said.
Talkington is designed to empower young women and propel them into lifelong success. Fogerson says that's just what these women are doing.
"I'm just really proud of these girls," Fogerson says.
Forgerson says it's a team effort.
"It's the teachers, the administration, the students, the parents. We are all moving in the same direction with the exact same goal in mind."
That support has created a lasting bond for these 17 young ladies.
"We come from all walks of life," says senior Delaney Norris. "We have all come together to form a sisterhood."
Senior Chika Gbenoba says the unity starts from the top and trickles down.
"I think the teachers have a lot of influence in our relationship," Gbenoba says.
"We've been called the great experiment because we were usually the first people to try things. That made us stronger because we had to face those things together."
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