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Meet Phantasia: Our Newest Class Of 17 Student

Willow Blythe
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KERA News

Phantasia Chavers has faced a lot of heartachce for a 14-year-old: a stepdad who died in a car crash, a dad in prison, a cousin shot to death. But this 9th grader has her sights set firmly on college, and she's just started out as a football trainer.

In this latest installment of our Class of 17 education series, you'll meet Phantasia and her family. The project is part of KERA's American Graduate initiative. You can read the full story on our Class of 17 blog.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.