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Class of 17: Halfway Through Ninth Grade


Earlier this year, we introduced you to a diverse group of students making the transition from middle school to ninth grade. The series, called Class of 17, is part of a nationwide public broadcasting initiative called American Graduate.

So far, we’ve met a student battling a life-threatening disease, one struggling with math and others who’ve had to move around. You’ll hear more from these students and meet new kids in the coming months through graduation — or whatever comes next.

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Kelly And Ricky From The Class Of 17 Make Their Teams


When we last talked to Ricky Rijos Jr. for the Class of 17 project, the freshman at Flower Mound High confidently figured he would make one of two freshman basketball teams, and he has. It’s just not clear which one yet. He’s relatively short for now, but 9th graders have been known to grow. He belongs to a traveling team and works hard on his shooting, which he concluded would be at least one plus for the team.

Kelly Bowdy, our freshman at Fort Worth’s O.D. Wyatt, has made the varsity volleyball team. She played basketball in middle school, and will try out at Wyatt when basketball season arrives.

When we know about Jerry Harris, another high school basketball hopeful, we’ll be back. All three students have been featured in our Class of 17 series, part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative.

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Meet The Class Of ’17: An Eighth Grader Aims High With Help From Granny


Making the jump from middle to high school is one of those big moments in a kid’s life. In the latest installment of KERA’s education series Class of ’17, we meet Kelly Bowdy and her strongest educational influence, her grandmother, at the 8th grade graduation ceremony at Morningside Middle School in Fort Worth.

Read more at KERA News