A Federal Hocking student is one of five students in Ohio to be named a 2019 Class of Beat the Odds Scholars by the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic commitment and given back to their communities. CDF-Ohio provides a $5,000 college scholarship, a laptop computer, and an invitation to join CDF’s youth leadership development programs.

Asia McKenzie, who just graduated as co-valedictorian from Federal Hocking, speaks about survival in the same way that other teens talk about homework due. It’s an obligation that she takes on daily. Asia is driven to succeed and help those suffering in poverty. She plans “to prove that the circumstance of my birth does not determine my future,” a future that is very bright and includes plans to study aviation the Ohio State University where she has been selected as an Eminence Scholar.

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