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Harold Martin

Harold MartinWoodson High School graduating senior Harold Martin started taking photos with a polaroid camera when he was just eight years old. Last summer, he bought a new Nikon and took it on his two-week DCPS Study Abroad trip to Senegal, which was both his first trip abroad and his first trip on a plane. Now he plans to major in photography at Radford University next year, and to try to keep up some of the activities he’s been doing in high school. In addition to playing the flute, he was the captain of the swim team and a lifeguard, though his proudest accomplishment may be that after teaching his friends how to swim, one of them will become a pool manager this summer. He says that Woodson was “the best decision I ever made” because “you get a lot of support. There are people here who actually care about you. I never lost the connection with my teachers.” He hopes to someday become a teacher himself, possibly at Kelly Miller Middle School just down the road from Woodson. His advice for his younger classmates? “Tell your story – who you are, and who you want to become. Don’t follow, because following gets you nowhere.” #DCPSGoesToCollege

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