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Rising Above

For all the problems plaguing the Detroit Public Schools, it's always good to be reminded that this district can still churn out students whom the thieves have not left intellectually bereft, whose education the bureaucrats have not utterly bungled.

Hence, big props are in order for the nearly 300 Detroit high-school seniors who were expected to be honored today at a ceremony at Cobo Hall. Each has kept up at least a 3.5 grade point average for seven straight semesters, and the students' academic rigor has them shipping off to places like Princeton, University of Michigan and the military academy at West Point after graduation. The group includes eight DPS students who've been awarded prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships, established by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, and 16 kids who've earned all A's in high school.

In a state that reneges on its promises of scholarships to deserving students and in a district freighted with scandal, deficits, infighting and board leaders who write with all the proficiency of a kindergartener, it's definitely worth noting that there are still young people who aren't just surviving DPS — but who're thriving as well.

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