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Henry to grads: Foster careers in city

– Mayor Tom Henry visited students at Wayne High School to congratulate students on Fort Wayne Community Schools' high graduation rate and encourage them to stay in Fort Wayne after they're done with college.

The graduation rate at FWCS is above 90 percent, higher than the state average. Wayne High School, on the city's southern edge, had the highest increase in graduation rates among FWCS high schools.

“What you all have accomplished is something not too many schools have,” Henry told an economics class. “To get your graduation rate as high as it is, in this world, is phenomenal.”

Henry told students that not only do they need to come back to Fort Wayne after college, but they need to consider staying here for college, as well.

“We have 30,000 college students – people just like yourselves – going to college right here in Fort Wayne,” he said. “You're exceptional, you're extraordinary, and I want you to realize that.”

“We know schools are a key component to economic development,” FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson said. “Reaching this graduation rate did not happen overnight, and we are not done yet. Every student must be prepared for life after high school, whether they are going to college, the military or directly into the workforce.”

Henry spoke for a few minutes, then took questions.

“If you do leave for a little while, we expect you to come back. We know where you live,” he said to laughter. “I have people.”

dstockman@jg.net

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