I've lived all of my adult life in southern Dallas. But I grew up in far north Dallas and graduated from L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.
I always have my eye out for great stories from my alma mater. Here's one that appeared in the Dallas Morning News. Its a story of opportunity and determination that can be found all over and more often than people think. Congratulations to this young man and to the class of 2010!
"Was Dewan Woods' story the most remarkable in a room filled with remarkable stories?"
"He never knew his father, was separated from his mother and brother, and dismissed as a future fast-food cook by his fifth-grade teacher."
"That may have seemed like a reasonable prediction, since nobody in Woods' family had ever graduated from high school."
"But the Berkner High School senior looks forward to a far different future. He's got scholarships from the Dell and Gates foundations that will pay for his college, room and board through graduate school. In physics."
"He had a message Thursday for that teacher who treated him with such disdain years before:
"Just because I learned how to cook at a young age doesn't mean I want to be a burger flipper.""
"Woods, headed for Boston College in the fall, was one of the students honored Thursday at the annual Richardson school district AVID luncheon. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It's a national program that started in 1980 in San Diego. It is aimed at helping students in groups that are underrepresented at colleges – and who show a spark of potential that hasn't shown up in their grades."