Three urban grads share
their success stories

Students in urban environments face a lot of challenges, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t succeed. NJEA is proud to highlight a sampling of students from our urban high schools who are working hard to achieve their dreams. These students are not unusual – there are countless young people in the same cities and throughout the state who are achieving success through hard work and determination.


Mara, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduates this spring and is planning to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse. An honors student, she also works at a nursing home. She has been offered scholarships to both Rutgers and The College of New Jersey. She is featured with her Health Occupations Teacher Winnie Earle.


Nelson is a track star and honors student at Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City. He is featured with history teacher Stephen Cunningham. Nelson wants to be an accountant and has been offered several scholarships, including one to Pace University.


Chanelle is a standout basketball player and honors student in Camden. She attends Brimm Medical Arts High School and hopes to pursue a career in sports business/sports medicine. She is the daughter of an NJEA member who teaches in Camden and is attending Clemson on a full scholarship. She is featured with her health teacher Jenna Harris.