Monterio Bolton, Frederick Douglass High School senior, is a young man who transformed his life through the sheer belief that he could do better. Working his way up wasn’t the easiest task, but with the help of his counselor and self determination, Monterio has been accepted into two colleges.
“My journey has been difficult. I messed up my 9th grade year. I was not on track. I got suspended back-to-back and was not focused. I also couldn’t play basketball for a while. When I got to the 11th grade, I knew I needed to get back on track. This semester, I received most improved in academics. I first I thought I wouldn’t graduate on time, but I’ll be graduating this May.”
Having options isn’t something Monterio initially thought he would have. He is still deciding between Benedict College and Livingston College.
“What I like the most about myself is my talent,” he said. “I’m also smart. It feels good to be back on track. I was not being my best self before. I’m glad I decided to grind to change my situation.”
Monterio will walk across the stage May 22, 2019 at the McCamish Pavilion at 7:00 p.m., knowing that all things are possible, when you are willing to work and believe in yourself.
|College/University:||Benedict College or Livingston College|
|Major:||Computer Science or Sports Medicine|
|Awards:||Most Improved Academics|
Atlanta Public Schools will host high school commencement exercises Saturday, May 18 – Friday, May 24, 2019. All ceremonies — except Atlanta Classical Academy and Charles R. Drew Charter School — will be held at Georgia Institute of Technology, McCamish Pavilion,965 Fowler Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information on commencement exercises, go to www.atlantapublicschools.us/gradnation.
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