Thank you, Walter Blanks, for that kind introduction. And thanks for sharing your story with us this morning. Stories like yours and Denisha Merriweather's touch my heart every time I hear them, and they keep me motivated every day. I know each of you has an inspiring story, too!
You are growing up in a place and Walter and Denisha were fortunate to live in places that offer more education opportunities for students and their families. So many other students across our country aren't so lucky.