WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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dent, Kevin, came to Excel East Boston reluc- tantly as a seventh grader, feeling as if he was the unluckiest person in the world. Kevin struggled academically and behaviorally and tried to get kicked out for most of that year. Excel wouldn't let Kevin quit. Instead, they held him back to repeat seventh grade. He returned with a changed attitude and was on honor roll through graduation. By the end of his eighth grade year he had this to say: "I thought going to Excel was going to be the WORST thing in my life. It turns out, even with all the detentions and suspen- sions, I've grown into a person I'm proud to be. When we go on to high school, we should always remember the struggles we had at Excel. Just like it was hard to transition INTO Excel, it may be hard to transition into high school, but we shouldn't give up. Excel is unique and it makes you unique. It changed us all in so many ways. We learned that we are not alone; there are always others around who can pick us up when we fall down. We've learned to be independent learners and thinkers, to choose the right friends, and to be above negative influences. We've learned to talk about our feelings when something doesn't feel right. Excel isn't about being a follower, it is about being a leader and learning how to excel in the best way, and help others be on the same positive path as you." 129 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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