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He was suspended, then things got worse. But this CMS teen never gave up.

By Ann Doss Helm, Charlotte Observer

A lot of people are cheering Ja’Quaveyon Barber’s graduation from Hopewell High.

There are the people you’d expect: His parents. His friends. The faculty who know him as bright, personable and highly motivated.

And there are those you might not expect. Such as the administrator who met him after he’d been suspended for fighting. And the judge who saw Barber at one of the worst points of his life.

Barber, known to his friends as Quay, graduates on Saturday with his dreams and his future intact. In fact, he’s taking part in a pioneering Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools program that sends graduates straight into high-paying careers.




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