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Crenshaw to the Convention


It started with a question: “What about us?”

Only a few weeks after President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, a freshman in Crenshaw High School’s digital media class asked why some schools had been invited to the White House, while her school had not. Teacher Daphne Bradford’s answer was simple: “We can be invited to see President Barack Obama speak – we just need to work hard.”

Trestan F. and Mia H., students in Daphne’s classes, were just beginning a journey focusing on the essential skills they’ll need in an increasingly digital culture. They began developing specialties in digital photo and video production, and Daphne’s prediction about hard work was soon realized. The group was selected to attend an education-related event at the White House early in the President’s first term, and they’ve been working hard to support him ever since.

Now having graduated high school, the team’s hard work continues to pay off. Along with Daphne, Trestan and Mia have been selected as delegates to represent California at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. They will join 80,000 other supporters to watch the President of the United States accept the Democratic nomination.

Daphne sees real progress and potential in President Obama’s education initiatives.

I support President Obama because of his efforts to reform No Child Left Behind. The strength of our economy is dependent on education. Over the past four years I have seen real progress at Crenshaw High School as a result of President Obama’s vision. Looking ahead, this President is our best hope for improving education throughout the country.

Trestan has stood with President Obama throughout his years at Crenshaw High.

Attending the convention was never just about seeing the President speak. Over the last four years I have realized that President Obama is doing a lot for my education, with policies such as student loan reform, and the expansion of Pell Grants.

Inspired by the 2008 election, Mia is more than ready to attend the convention.

Having a president who looks like me is inspiring. I have directly benefitted from Barack Obama’s presidency as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

As the Convention nears, Trestan, Mia, and Daphne are more committed than ever. They hold events and attend phone banks each week to ensure President Obama continues his Presidency for four more years. Stay tuned for updates on Crenshaw High’s journey to the Convention, and remember that it’s never too late to get involved. You can also follow the team’s activities on Twitter at #Crenshaw2DNC.

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