Carl Hayden High School Students Featured in New CNN Documentary; Sneak Peak Wednesday at Cronkite School of Journalism

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Preview Wednesday evening at the Cronkite School.

​CNN is profiling a Valley high school as part of its Education in America series Sunday at 5 p.m. The Cronkite School of Journalism is hosting a special screening tomorrow at 7 p.m. downtown.

The program focuses on the experiences of three different high school robotics teams across the country, including Carl Hayden High School's team. Carl Hayden became famous when its students defeated college kids from MIT at a robotics competition, then later when one of its leaders, Oscar Vazquez, was deported despite his many talents.

Sunday's episode will focus on the challenges Carl Hayden faces as a poor school facing teams from rich districts. Its main character is Maria Castro, a bright junior at Carl Hayden who is not undocumented but works as an activist on DREAM Act-related issues.

Soledad O'Brien wrote a short piece about Castro's college dreams for Latina magazine. Castro, O'Brien reports, wants to attend Stanford University. To make that a reality, she needs to take tough mathematics courses, so she lobbied the school to set up a calculus class. Carl Hayden obliged, and she's taking two years' worth of material in two semesters.

The Falcons' robotics team is one of the more successful high school programs in Arizona, and the program Sunday should be a good look at the inequities in education across the country -- as well as proof that motivated students can overcome anything.

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Brenda Ayala
Brenda Ayala

CARL HAYDEN HIGH IS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER ,SADLY I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO MOVE. I'LL DO ANYTHING TO GO BACK , I LIVE AT 51ST INDIAN SCHOOL I CAN STILL GO BUT  ILL NEEED A RIDE TO GO TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. AT CARL HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL THE TEACHERS TEACH GOOD AND THEY CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

This isn't a documentary on education, it's a documentary on New Times favorite blow smoke up your ass illegal/undocumented aliens issue. Journalism at its highest. Call yourself "High Times" instead of New Times. When did it become the norm for media to push an agenda? I guess they always have but they never say it. Propaganda. The use of media to instill correct behaviour and thought patterns in order to achieve absolute governmental control.

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