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In honor of high school graduates

The Buffalo News, and this blog space, often focuses on the many serious challenges facing the Buffalo Public Schools and its students as they struggle with issues of student achievement, attendance, staffing and funding. But among the stories that get told far less often are the individual stories of remarkable student achievement in the face of so many obstacles.

Every day this past school year, there have been many children and teenagers who have come to school and committed themselves to the business of learning. In a district, a community and an urban society struggling against poverty and other social challenges, such a commitment requires more than brains.

It requires courage and strength.

So as we look back on the close of another school year, we congratulate those who have earned their high school diplomas this past week, and offer best wishes to those who are moving on to college in the fall.

In recognition of these graduates, we're posting a video of a roundtable discussion that Superintendent Pamela Brown held on May 16, where she interviewed college-bound seniors and asked them about their high school experience, college plans and advice to fellow students. It's an inspiring video, and should give us all reason to hope for the future.

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