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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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About School Zone

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

@denisejewellgee | djgee@buffnews.com


Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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