It’s up to you
Marcelse came to Southeastern Education Center as an eighth grader who had problems with anger management. He was a habitual truant and was performing sixth-grade level school work. After arriving, he learned the value of completing his school work, getting to school on time and found new ways to manage his anger.
His grades improved, and he made the honor roll at SEC. He even learned to like math, a subject he’d dreaded since elementary school. “It’s just fun adding and multiplying numbers because in life you’re going to know that in college (and) also in high school,” he wrote in an essay about SEC.
Marcelse was promoted to the ninth grade when he left the school in January. He is active in the Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls Club where he plays basketball, participates in field trips and is part of a youth leadership group.
“What I’ve changed in life is my attitude first. Before I had a bad attitude that only I could control,” he wrote. “I learned to stop being around the wrong people and be to myself instead of trying to make friends. The people you think are your friends are not going to pass you to the next grade. It’s just up to you if you want to pass.”
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