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Flint Northwestern cheers on Claressa Shields

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(08/09/12) - The Olympic party started at 5 a.m. at Flint Northwestern High School, with Claressa Shields' Wildcat classmates ready to cheer her on during the biggest fight of her life.

"Claressa, we love you. It's time to fight, hit 'em with that one-two, it's time for the gold baby," said Flint Northwestern student Deandrae Powell.

By noon, Northwestern's auditorium was rocking with a huge crowd on hand to watch the action from London, live via an online stream.

"This is Claressa's day. We know you're going to bring it back," said Sheila Graham, Flint Northwestern teacher.

From the moment the fight began, it was clear to the crowd that this day belonged to Claressa.
When it was all said and done, Flint Northwestern High School had a gold medalist to call its own.

"When everyone exploded, you couldn't help but jump out of your seat. When you see the score and that she got the gold, all you can think about is how hard she worked," said Flint Northwestern student Jerrell Redwine.

"We're glad that she brought home that gold. Now they can't stop us. Nobody can say that Flint can't be great," said Flint Northwestern student Brandon Woods.

"Something positive can come out of Flint, and more will come. You should have been a Wildcat," said  Flint Northwestern student Aliyaa Tipton.

"I'm thankful because she's a wonderful child, and for something good to happen to her makes this moment even more exciting," said Flint Northwestern career/college adviser Mary Stewart.

"I'm back here at my high school for the first time since 1968 when I graduated, and it's the greatest thing that's ever happened to Flint Northwestern," said Greg Selzer, Flint Northwestern Class of '68.

Claressa Shields is the first Flint Northwestern Olympian to medal since Jeff Grayer did it back in 1988.

Grayer won a bronze in basketball, but Claressa is nothing short of golden.

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