What became of Boston’s brightest?
An epidemic of untapped potential
No doctors in the house
The race to get into Boston’s exam schools
Lost on campus
Hopeful to homeless
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When being smart, working hard, and finishing first still isn’t enough.
None of the Boston valedictorians who dreamed of becoming a doctor has earned a medical degree.
A select few go to Boston’s prestigious exam schools. Everyone else swims in a sea of mediocrity.
Even valedictorians sometimes feel like they don’t belong in college.
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Low-income, immigrant students can falter even after success.