Meet Jamarcus

Meet Jamarcus
Posted on 11/24/2015
Jamarcus Clark graduated from Highview Alternative Program on Nov. 20, 2015. He overcame many obstacles to cross the stage and get his diploma, including losing a kidney to cancer his senior year at Cooper High School.

“My side was killing me,” he recalls of the night he went to the hospital in February 2013. “I couldn’t get up. … Doctors found spots on my kidney, and I went into surgery that same day.”

Work and school was difficult during recovery, but Jamarcus didn’t give up. After trying home schooling and a GED program, he came to Highview needing close to 30 credits to graduate. At Highview, he got the help he needed, and the teachers cared about his success.

Jamarcus says he couldn’t do much at first, but says that he had to start from the bottom to get to the top. Now, he is planning on going to college for carpentry or construction.

“I felt like I had something to prove, and I wanted to take myself to the next level,” Jamarcus says. “I’ve got people to take care of, people who look up to me. If I let them down, I feel like that would be a reflection on everybody else. I want to make a good life for myself.”

Jamarcus is Robbinsdale. At Robbinsdale Area Schools, we value the differences that make all of our students unique. We approach our work with individual focus on each and every student’s infinite potential. 

At Robbinsdale Area Schools, we invite all students to make their mark. Just like Jamarcus. We are Robbinsdale Remarkable. #RASRemarkable