A group of students in the Bronx are working hard to make their lives a success at a time when violence in the borough continues to make headlines. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Seniors at Bronx Preparatory Charter School were cheered on by fellow students, faculty and parents Wednesday as they mailed off their college applications.
"It makes me feel important, makes me feel I have a lot of people behind me," said Bronx Preparatory Charter School senior Wilmer Polanco.
As part of an annual tradition, the seniors parade down third avenue as they make their way to the post office to mail off the applications.
Bronx Preparatory Charter School, which is in its 10th year, is hoping and preparing all 40 members of the senior class head off to college -- a goal that's been met 100 percent by three prior graduating classes.
"It was pretty intense, my hair was falling out and I haven't slept in a couple of days," said Bronx Preparatory Charter School senior Ingrid Villafranca.
"There are very talented, bright young people in every household in the Bronx. And it is our job to provide the resources, support and guidance to ensure that they absolutely exploit all of their potentials and talents," said Bronx Preparatory Charter School Head Samona Tait.
Unfortunately, the joyous occasion took place during the same week several teenagers were shot in the borough and several more teens arrested for those shootings. Students say they are proud to show another side of Bronx youth.
"We are the positive kids in the community and it is a balance. We have to make sure we work extra hard to take those sort of negativities out of our community," said Bronx Preparatory Charter School senior Nagee Ray.
"The fact that 40 of us came out here and did this, I can't tell you how proud I am. I'm going to miss everyone but hard work pays off," said Bronx Preparatory Charter School senior Keegon Robinson.