Saint Martin de Porres HS class of 2018 celebrates college acceptances on Academic Signing Day

CLEVELAND -

Seniors at Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland announced and celebrated their college choices at Academic Signing Day after maintaining a 3.5 grade point average throughout their high school career.

News 5's Tracy Carloss helped host the annual celebration, which included 18 students this year, each accompanied by a representative from the college they selected. The high school has had a 100% acceptance rate into college since it opened its doors in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in 2004.

All the students are from families with limited economic means. One student, Robert Garrett, is the first in his family to attend college. He is headed to Georgetown University in the fall.

"My mom, she cried when I told her I was going," Garrett said. "She told me that was her Mother's Day gift."

Collectively, the students earned more than $3.8 million dollars in scholarships toward their college educations. 

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