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OWL Seniors March their college applications to the mailbox

OWL Seniors March to the Mailbox, cheered on by their classmates

Students from the Open World Learning (OWL) Community participated in a national effort as they marched to the local post office on Dec. 9 to send out their applications to colleges across the country.

The 45 seniors marched to the local post office to drop their college applications in the mail while being cheered on by fellow students, teachers, family members, and community leaders.

"For the past seven years, OWL has had a 100 percent college acceptance rate for our graduating seniors. We wanted to find a way to celebrate our 12th grade students' accomplishments while inspiring our younger students to follow in their footsteps," said Tim Leone-Getten, OWL Program Coordinator. The OWL graduation rate last year was 96 percent -- the highest among public and charter schools in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Across the country, more than 2,700 seniors from 32 Schools schools in 12 cities will participate in the College March. The annual ritual promotes the ideal of college access for all and helps foster college-going culture in participating schools.

Many of the students who participated in the OWL march are the first in their families to apply to college, and for some, English is a second language.