Classes at most North Texas schools begin in a few weeks. When Phantasia Chavers starts 10th grade at Cedar Hill High School, she hopes to be spending time after school on the JV volleyball team. Phantasia’s one of the Class of ’17 students KERA’s been following as part of the American Graduate initiative. And for her, a new school year means a new school and a second chance on the court.
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One in ten adolescents suffers from depression by age 18. It’s something that one of the members of KERA’s Class of ’17 is wrestling with. We check back in with Cedar Hill ninth grader Phantasia Chavers.
The KERA radio story
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.
Meet Phantasia Chavers. She may only be 14, but she’s already experienced a lot of heartache. When she was 7, the man who raised her was killed in a car crash. Last year, a cousin her age was shot in the head and killed.
Phantasia’s one of the students we’re following all the way through high school in the Class of ’17 series, part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative. She has big plans as she begins her freshmen year — if she can just overcome a few more hurdles.