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October 24, 2007

Eager to Learn, Newark Teenagers Embrace Lessons in Perseverance
by Samuel G. Freedman

Bukhari Washington, left, and Garwayne Gibbs, both 14, studied during English class
on Monday at Christ the King Prep, a new high school in Newark.

NEWARK

After every cataclysm had struck — after his father had died and his mother had fallen ill with heart disease, after one older brother had gone into jail and another into a psychiatric hospital, after exhausting the welcome at a sister’s home and moving into a shelter, after shuttling through 13 schools by the eighth grade — after all of that, Bukhari Washington clung to one vision.

Somehow, he would still attend Christ the King Prep.

Photo: Sylwia Kapuscinski for The New York Times

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