Changing the Narrative by Melissa Behling

COURSE: Journalism 475

MEDIUM: Video, Website

The academic achievement gap in Madison, Wisconsin is shocking and upsetting, but constantly hearing these numbers perpetuated does not fix the problem. This is the story of defying the odds and finding solutions – of charting one’s own path to success despite systemic barriers. Shaikobie McGee is a high school student in Madison who struggled academically as a freshman. Now graduating from Madison Memorial High School, Shaikobie, with the help of an influential teacher and encouragement from Black Student Union, was able to change her narrative.

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