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17 DC Students Receive Scholarships

On Wednesday, 17 Washington, D.C., students received full scholarships to college, WUSA reports.

The news is a silver lining for those attending Friendship Public Charter School. Just last week, they were mourning the loss of a classmate who died as a result of gun violence.

John Marshall’s close friend Ralph was killed in a drive-by at 17. He says his friend taught him how to play ball.

Football was an alleyway for me, a way I can get out all my frustration of the day,” he said.

Another scholarship recipient, Vaughn Taylor, was just five years old when his father was murdered.

“I stay busy, stay motivated,” Taylor said, “because I have football, I have something to work towards.”

All 200 seniors will attend college.