- Council of the Great City Schools
- Celebrating Outstanding 2021 Urban School Graduates
Digital Urban Educator - June/July 2021
Celebrating Outstanding 2021 Urban School Graduates
- True Grit in Fresno: One Graduate’s Journey
- Oakland Student Is High School’s First Black Male Valediction
- Palm Beach Student Overcomes Grief
- Newark Student Gets Accepted to Seven Ivy League Schools
- Minneapolis Student Doesn’t Let Language Barrier Deter Her
- El Paso Senior Headed to West Point
- Richmond Valedictorian Aims to Become a Teacher
- Fort Worth Student Overcomes Obstacles
- Study Shows Urban Students Mitigating the Effects of Poverty
- New Blueprint to Help Urban School Districts Spend COVID-19 Relief Funds
- New Leaders in Houston, Denver and Toronto
- Nation’s Big-City Public Schools Ramp Up Efforts to Vaccinate Students
- New Leadership at Council Begins
- Dallas Urban Educator of the Year Awards $10,000 Green-Garner Scholarship
- Legislative Column
- Four Urban Students Win CGCS-Bernard Harris Scholarships in Math and Science
- Council Names New Research Director
- Bond for Tulsa Public Schools Passes
- First Alaskan and Indigenous Student to Receive Princeton Prize in Race Relations
- Buffalo Public Schools Receives 1619 Project-Pulitzer Education Center Grant
- Los Angeles Partners with Music Producers to Open New High School
- Toledo Public Schools Launches Partnership with Delta Airlines
El Paso Senior Headed to West Point
A 2021 graduate of Franklin High school in El Paso, Texas, Juan Carlos Tanabe’s dream of attending the United States Military Academy at West Point is coming true.
In April, the Franklin varsity swim captain received his official appointment to attend the New York military academy in the fall.
“It is surreal,” he said. “I remember learning about West Point around fifth grade when we had ‘No Excuses University’ and they would teach you about college and how important it is. It’s been a dream of mine for so long.”
His father, a former army captain who served 18 years, inspired his decision to apply for an appointment at the academy.
“Growing up watching my dad and hearing about the army, the discipline, the comradery and the chance to make a difference, that’s what piqued my interested,” Tanabe said. “All my life I’ve wanted to help people.”
A member of the Assistance League of El Paso, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, Tanabe committed himself to volunteering and serving his community at an early age.
“Serving others is deeply personal to me,” he said. “Nothing is more fulfilling.”
At West Point, he sees himself learning to fly helicopters while pursuing a biology degree – giving him a chance to explore both his passion for aviation and his medical career options.
“West Point is the first step to leave a legacy and lasting impact on the world,” he said. “I hope to make everyone proud.”
Tanabe, who is among his class’ top 10 percent, took his first step towards his military career by joining the National Guard.
“There’s a misconception that soldiers aren’t intelligent … that they’re not smart enough to go to college so they join the army,” he said. “But it’s just the opposite. My dad is the smartest person I know. He’s my hero and I look up to him. I want to break that misconception and that barrier."