Undocumented military cadets molded f...

Undocumented military cadets molded for success, then cast adrift

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Neenah, WI

#1 May 27, 2013
Maybe she should be taking the bus from Nogalas, Mexico, where she belongs.

CHICAGO -- On days when she can’t get a ride, Rocio Herrera catches the 6:10 a.m. bus from her poor, largely Hispanic neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side for the long trip to Phoenix Military Academy – one of the city’s six public military-themed high schools.

Herrera can hold her own on the street. When she feels disrespected, her round face goes hard. In school, the 17-year-old found a way to channel that toughness.

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