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Graduating senior at Achievement First Amistad High School sets out to break the Bridgeport stereotype.

Diamond Walker graduated from Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven this month. She, like all of her classmates, were accepted into college for the fall. AF Amistad was ranked as the top high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report.

In an empowering piece for the Connecticut Post, Ms. Walker talks about her motivation to change the stereotype on what it means to be “from Bridgeport”. She plans to attend the University of Richmond and pursue a career in nursing and break the mold.

I will be the first in my family to go to college, but I won’t be the last. My little brother and sister are in elementary school, and I want them to see that their hard work can pay off. I want them to feel pride in themselves, like I am proud of all of us. We are smart, resilient and we are going on to do great things. We will not let negativity beat us down. We will be OK. We are kids from Bridgeport.

Read her full story here.