South Bend high school students awarded for academic excellence

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A group of South Bend high school students awarded for excellence in academics had a chance to rub elbows with the mayor Tuesday.

The event was held at the Studebaker National Museum. Kids from public and private schools were given plaques celebrating their achievements.

One of the students recognized was Charell Luckey from Adams High School, a Lugar Scholars nominee. She'll graduate with a 3.5 GPA.

Luckey said one of the biggest things holding kids back from excelling is peer pressure.

"Just getting by has been the norm, and so when students are encouraged to reach out for help they sort of don't want to because they are afraid of what peers might think,” said Luckey. “I think it's important to sort of address that issue first, start encouraging students to encourage each other."

She said all students in South Bend public schools have access to opportunities to achieve.They just have to ask for the help. 

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