By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter celebrated high school academic achievers at the Top of the Class graduation celebration at City Hall on Thursday.

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“We want to celebrate education here in Philadelphia. We want to celebrate young people who are doing the right thing each and every day. That’s what we’re about!” he said.

College-bound achievers were recognized, like essay winner Imani Keal, who won a $5,000 scholarship.

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“I won an essay about how I’m an assistant dance teacher at Philadanco School of Dance Arts, and how it’s changed my life working with kids and making them confident in themselves,” Keal explained.
So, where is she attending college?

“This is going to Howard University! So I’m very excited!” Keal said.

The goal of the Mayor Nutter’s “Philly Goes 2 College” office, which ran this event, is to increase graduation rates.

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