Local high school students attend White House summit

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Two local high school graduates were at the White House on Tuesday, for a summit convened by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Beating the Odds Summit, as the gathering was known, attracted more than 130 college-bound recent high school graduates from across the country, according to a release from ACCESS College Foundation. Many of the students had overcome significant hurdles, such as homelessness, special needs and foster care. At the White House, they participated in workshops and panels designed to help them make the transition to college and develop strategies for succeeding there.

The local attendees were Destiny Cobb, a 2016 graduate of Norview High School in Norfolk. She will attend Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. Also at the summit was Tiara Benson, a 2016 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. She will attend Virginia State University in Petersburg.

Cobb and Benson were nominated for the summit by ACCESS College Foundation, which helps students from South Hampton Roads and Northampton County go to college. Their’ nominations were based on their outstanding academic performance and their college goals.