Jaques Clinton, a senior at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School and former Nine Network intern, is not your typical high school student; imparting thoughtful insights such as, “Education is one of the most powerful tools that I can use to change the world.”
But Jaques was not always this way.
Following his mother’s untimely death, Jacques says he went from being a “sweet, loving and well-mannered” kid to one who was “obnoxious and rude” – skipping classes, disrespecting teachers and bullying his classmates. “My future was both as shaky and as powerful as an earthquake because of the impact of my mother’s death,” he recalls.
With the guidance of a school counselor and the inspiration of his mother, Jaques turned a corner and began to love school again before it was too late. He also became a highly successful Nine Network intern in the fall of 2014.
Now, faced with the opportunity of attending college this fall, he says of his mother, “Every decision that I make, I make in honor of her. As I stand at the edge of the next chapter of my journey, I plan to work to continue to excel academically, and I will work relentlessly so that I can financially empower my family, serve my community, and honor my mother’s life. Working at Nine Network of Public Media has helped me to expand my horizon.”
To read this inspiring story, and learn how Nine Network impacts the people whose lives it touches, visit American Graduate, a Nine Network initiative to increase the graduation rate and improve youth outcomes.
“People like Jaques Clinton are going to change the world. We are proud to be part of his life.”
- Dan Shasserre, Nine Network of Public Media.
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