Six Annapolis area students overcome odds to graduate

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GradStoriesRavenFoxWRaven Fox, Elizabeth Seton High School

Raven Fox, 17, was recruited to play basketball for Elizabeth Seton three years ago, but this year will be the first time the point guard/shooting guard has been academically eligible to play basketball for the entire season.

At Elizabeth Seton, students can't play sports if their grade point average falls below a 2.0 or they have more than one F.

"When I started high school, I didn't know anything about being ineligible," Raven says. "My academics were never a problem before; I was always an average student in middle school."

After being ineligible to play during her entire freshman season and half of her sophomore and junior seasons, Raven's father tried to convince her to transfer to another school with less rigorous academic requirements. Instead, Raven decided to stay at Elizabeth Seton and put in the work to raise her grades.

"I knew at Seton I would have a better education and would be more successful," Raven says. "I don't think I'd be the person I am today if I had left."

Raven began attending after-school study halls, and she sacrificed social time with her friends to go home and study until she was eligible to play again.

"The hardest thing was not playing, because I had never had basketball taken away from me," Raven says. "Being without basketball motivated me, and I wanted to prove to people that I could do it."

After graduating, Raven plans to accept an offer to play basketball at a community college and then transfer to a four-year school.

Click next below to read about Carina Lopez Escobar, Annapolis High student, and other graduates overcoming odds.

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