FLINT (WJRT) - (05/16/17) - Flint Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab acknowledged students at the district's annual Decision Day celebration. The event recognizes Flint seniors who've decided to continue their education beyond high school.
"Ranging from Michigan State University, to Lane College, Alabama Southern University, Mott Community College, of course, U of M Flint, it's a whole variety," said Irma Andrade, Northwestern High School college adviser.
"It's truly a collaboration between family, the school community and the child," Tawwab said.
Kaybrianna Keyes McDonald was one of more than 200 students at the event. She plans to attend Lane College in Tennessee to study criminal justice.
"I have always wanted to go to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), but I didn't want to be at a big university my first year and Lane is not very big and it's not too far from home," Keys said.
The students have been working with college advisers from the Michigan College Advising Corp. There is one in each high school.
"We have been working with this current class of seniors as juniors, so we got to witness the growth that happened during their junior year as well as during the summer. We couldn't be more proud," said Daniel Park, Southwestern Academy college adviser.
The advisers have offered a little extra to this group of students who have been living through the water emergency.
"They feel sometimes like odds are stacked against them, if you will, or sometimes maybe a feeling of no one really cares about us doing well and succeeding. So I've been doing my best to encourage them to succeed and do the best that they can," Andrade said.
Adriyonna Fields will attend Michigan State University to study psychology. She's been motivated by the water emergency.
"Come back to Flint and then work with youth and anyone else to try to change the problem in our city," Fields said.