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Students at one northeast Houston high school are ringing in the new year with high expectations at a campus once considered to be a drop out factory. Here’s part one of our series “What’s Right with Furr.” Sister station NEWS 92 FM’s Carolyn Campbell reports.

Karina is thinking about studying psychology in California. Luis wants a degree in “both” chemical and electrical engineering. And Kevin? Well, let him explain.

“I want to study medicine, a cardiothoratic surgeon,” Kevin said.

The dreams of students from a school that once was considered to be a “drop out” factory.

Just a few years ago, Furr High School had serious gang problems, and academics was an afterthought.  But not only is the school safer, it’s competing academically with the best of the best—last year ranking in the nation’s top five percent of schools.

“The principal, the administrators, they want everyone in here to succeed,” he said. “The teachers try to help you, try to build a bond with them, because they actually show they care.”

And changing the world, one student at a time.

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