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Teen defies odds to graduate from high school, now heads to college

Teen defies odds to graduate high school, now heads to college (ABC7)

Flashing police lights can be a sign of trouble, but it was a sign of success at Ballou High School’s prom.

Thursday night four essay winners got a police escort to the event, which was held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast Washington.

“I stay out of trouble. I don’t ever get into trouble,” said essay winner Treyvon Tolver.

Tolver is a drummer in Ballou’s marching band. He also plays several sports. But perhaps one of the most remarkable things about the 17-year-old, is that he won the essay contest and a $64,000 scholarship with a learning disability.

“There has been a lot of people in school who helped me out,” said Tolver.

Ballou school resource officer Edwin Buckner started the contest nine years ago. Now, there is a team of mentors, such as probation officer Anthony Taylor.

“Mentoring today creates leaders for tomorrow,” said Taylor. “Mentoring in this community will never stop.”

Thursday night, all four essay winners celebrated their success together, on a party bus with that police escort--- all the way to prom.

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