The Quest to Be the Best American High School


The Quest to Be the Best

Documentary series following life at a high school in South Carolina, USA. A new principal arrives on a mission to improve the school.


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If I had to describe OW in one word, a real diamond.

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Mind-blowing.

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-Surprising.

-Drama.

-Swag.

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-Over the top.

-It's crazy.

-Oh, my God!

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-Problems.

-Discombobulated.

-This ain't no fairy-tale high school.

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This ain't no fairy-tale story. Everything is real here.

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Class of 2016!

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At OW, you see black people 98% of the time.

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You share pain, you share kin, we are lifelong friends forever.

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Teachers, please close all doorways. We are in an active hall sweep.

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Almost here and it's make or break time for me.

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I am about to get ready to leave high school!

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Y'all going to jail, because y'all in a stolen car.

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Come on! Hey!

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I am so proud of you because I know that you have overcome

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obstacles to make it through this day.

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THEY CHEER

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-MAN ON RADIO:

-'Good morning, Orangeburg.

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'It's a beautiful day in the Garden City.

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'I'm Paul Harris right here at the People's Station, WOCS 93.7 FM.

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'Another day, another dollar.'

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I love OW.

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OW is unknown.

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People don't know how great OW could be.

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I like my school.

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We're not exactly popular but we're still hanging in there.

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I'm glad I'm at OW, I'm glad this is my high school.

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It's just crazy! Like, I just can't describe it.

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I think the big word you can say is OW is a family.

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-PAUL HARRIS:

-'You know, there's so much excitement

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'that's going on around town.

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'We now have a new principal, Dr Stephen Peters,

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'and he has been asked to come to Orangeburg-Wilkinson

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'at a very critical time,

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'when we need to turn things around, when we need to move it forward.

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'Dr Peters, being the principal at OW,

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'what do you want to build at the high school?

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'Well, I think there's a lot of work to be done.

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'It's not an easy school to be run.

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'So many of our public schools have failed,

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'they're starting to call public schools "failure factories".

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'I think our children deserve more than they're getting,

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'particularly our children of colour who come from poverty.

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-'This is a high poverty index school.

-That's correct.

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'OW is a school that also experienced lots of fighting,

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'so two or three fights a day, sometimes.

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'Some of our children go home after school and not knowing

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'where they're going to stay the night,

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'and it might be a different house three times this week.

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'And the challenge is can the work be done?'

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What's up? What's up?

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I should take a picture and send it to your mom.

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Tell her you were in here using the B-word.

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-Don't get it twisted now, don't let this suit fool you!

-Oh.

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I go in the hood. I'm from the hood.

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INDISTINCT SPEECH OVER WALKIE-TALKIE

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10-4. BELL RINGS

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I like that coat. I like that.

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This is Dr Peters, principal.

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So, we begin today on our quest to be the best.

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And as such, we're going to need your cooperation.

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We are in three critical weeks of school, possibly the most

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important weeks of this school year, as we prepare for testing.

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Let's make this a fun day, zero drama.

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What do people expect when people graduate from OW?

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Not going to college.

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Getting somebody pregnant or getting pregnant. Erm...

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just going on the job where you gonna have to struggle

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all your life, you know what I'm saying? Stuff like that.

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So, do you think if the expectations are low for people

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then it's difficult to change?

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It's not impossible and I feel like...

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They've probably been saying this for years and years

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but it does start with ourselves, it starts with our generation

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and even if it's just a small portion then that still matters.

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We're not just that ratchet school in Orangeburg,

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we're actually pretty smart kids.

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My name is Jalena Jones.

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I am a senior at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

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I am involved in several clubs and activities that

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take up much of my time.

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I do drill team after school.

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I am in the National Society of Black Engineers.

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I am a part of National Honours Society.

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I am in Emeralds Of Distinction,

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which is like a high school sorority.

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-Is there anything you're not doing now?

-Er, a quitter.

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Pretty sure that most of the people that passed by right now

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don't even know who I am.

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I kind of keep to myself.

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I am beginning the steps to be by myself as an adult.

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I'm kind of, sort of, ready for it but it's, like,

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kind of scary at the same time.

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THEY LAUGH

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We got the same hairstyle!

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'Well, Jalena and I have been friends since sixth grade.'

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We've always pretty much just been the top two in our class.

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I was about to wear that, "AI In Action."

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I would describe Jalena as a beautiful person, inside and out.

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All right, can I have y'all's attention for a just a second?

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Please, listen up.

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These are three of the most critical weeks of our whole school year,

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starting today.

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No playing, no fighting. Serious business.

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And all the kids fail on purpose.

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Nobody in the classroom is succeeding.

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Everybody is just failing.

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Everybody talking about OW, how bad it is, how ratchet it is.

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We need to make this school what it's capable of being.

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Work, work, work, work. You never know, it may work out.

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Then it may not work out. But then, it may work out!

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So, three weeks of straight-up business. See you all later.

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Uncomfortably quiet and peaceful this morning.

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I don't know whether it was the announcement this morning

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seeking their help.

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But I like it and I am hoping that it will last

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and we can ride this three-week critical time right into testing.

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'We want to break records, we want higher test scores,

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'we want a lower dropout rate.

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'Testing, it's tied to what people think of our school.'

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And get too hot!

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-ALL:

-It's about to come down tonight!

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The Bruins are ready to fight!

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-We're here to win this game and get too hot!

-Come on!

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It's about to come down tonight, the Bruins are ready to fight!

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I'm Vernon, Vernon Stevens. Everybody knows me.

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We're here to win this game and get too hot!

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-THEY CHEER

-'I'm currently a cheerleader.

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'I'm on the Varsity squad.'

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-Right, let's go!

-Be quiet.

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When you finish, stop talking. You don't have to prove...

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"We wasn't talking, she..."

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You don't have to prove yourself to nobody.

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My coach, she can be hard on me. I know she loves me, though.

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She loves all her girls but I think she loves me more

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because I'm Vernon.

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We have our next practice and you finish something,

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you talk when I sit you down, I'm going to call your mother for you.

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Vernon is like my brother/sister.

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THEY CHANT

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'I could ask him for fashion advice.

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'We play make-up together.

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-'He's so girlie!'

-SHE LAUGHS

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We aren't doing it like you don't even want to do it.

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If you're going to be absent, you need to communicate.

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We were sitting here discussing the importance of your role.

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She had to actually stand in for you yesterday,

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so accountability is going to be important.

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-It won't happen next time.

-OK, so you'll be here tomorrow?

-Yes, ma'am.

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Or will we be just be holding your banner up

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and saying that you went to work?

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-HE GASPS

-Oh, God, I thought my phone cracked!

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'She wants me to be focused and don't let anything distract me

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'cos once I get distracted... I'm easily distracted.

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'If you don't know, I'm very easily distracted.'

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Sometimes I get worried about Vernon because I want him to be able

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to do bigger and better things than what he's used to.

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There is more than just this little town that we live in.

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BELL RINGS

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CHATTER

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-WOMAN ON PA:

-All administrators

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please report to the cafeteria immediately.

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All administrators please report to the cafeteria immediately.

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-MAN ON WALKIE-TALKIE:

-Dr Peters, message me. Dr Peters.

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I'm on my way.

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Just had some new information that a weapon was used.

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I repeat, a weapon was used.

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'OW has a reputation for itself.'

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It's a bad school, fights and stuff always going on.

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All right, can you all go, please? Just go.

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I mean, what you waiting for? Just go to class.

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Why y'all still here? No, no, can't go that way.

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We've got that blocked off.

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Outside school, they think of OW as thug, hood.

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You can barely go a day without hearing something bad happening -

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fights, shootouts or something.

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There's no level of how, how severe something is,

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you know what I'm saying? Everything is severe.

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So, a girl said the boy's eye is cut because of the brass knuckle.

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-Yeah.

-We want to block this area off from now on.

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Tell whoever's supposed to be there, Coach Derby, to be on post.

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This is ridiculous, man. So much for three weeks of business.

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So, here's what I'm going to do.

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You and your brother are going to get suspended for fighting.

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I'm going to put them out because we can't find the brass knuckle

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but we've got witnesses that he has them.

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-I'm going to charge him with having a weapon.

-Yes, sir.

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Putting them out for ten days with recommendation for expulsion.

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They're gone, they're not coming back here. So, y'all got to...

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This has to stop right here. All right? We've done our part.

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Keep the ice on, that'll go down.

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You never know what's going to happen when you come here.

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The Burg is really crazy.

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You've got some people who just don't care.

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Officer McQueen, come back, please.

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Where's McQueen?

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Some of the kids said there are two cars coming up here to retaliate?

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Somebody's coming up here to finish this off,

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that's what some kids just told me.

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I just cleared the parking lot just now.

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So, we need to keep watch outside.

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Two cars supposed to be coming up here to fight these kids.

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This ain't the safest place to be.

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At all times, anything crazy could happen at any time.

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So, you got to know your boundaries,

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you got to know what's safe, what's not.

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Mr Jones, I need you to use your car to be vigilant outside.

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Check the student parking lot and just keep your eyes open out there

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and alert us to anything that's out of order, OK?

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'I used to run the streets a lot.'

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One night, I went, I was out there selling drugs, whatever,

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and I had a gun put to my head.

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They told me, it was like, if I didn't come up with

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everything that was in my pocket, they'd shoot me in my head.

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In America, we've had so many school shootings, mass shootings,

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that law enforcement believes that if we have an armed police officer

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in our school, if something like that were to happen,

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that the school is not totally defenceless.

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All right, this is Dr Peters.

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Well, what happened is we have video that shows that your youngest son

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was in possession of brass knuckles.

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Some of the kids are saying that some of their friends

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are on the way up here to school.

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I need you to try to help them to ward that kind of stuff off.

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This needs to stop.

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All right, OK. Thank you. Bye-bye.

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This is the reality of now.

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It's a continuous cycle that never stops.

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You get me, I get you back.

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My cousin gets you, my cousins get you back.

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And it has become a culture in our young society.

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BELL RINGS

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We got ropes!

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Hey! You doing anything?

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20 be too much.

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Hey, excuse me, y'all need to finish your workout.

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I don't need y'all to watch the sunshine.

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Kordel, you up? Who's up? You up?

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I need a good laugh.

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My name is Kordel Johnson. I'm a senior.

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I play football.

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I'm number 17 and I'm a wide receiver.

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That ain't too sissy, that's 255.

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-This is 12!

-OK, 255?

-Yeah!

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All right, you're good.

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I know you wouldn't see it in the smile now

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but I was a terrible child.

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I just talked too much and I was just bad, I was horrible.

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Kordel is a good friend.

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I heard... Not I heard of him but, you know, I knew

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that he played football and he was in the football team

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last year when I cheered.

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Get it on, come on. Lock it out, lock it out. Lock it out!

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Kordel, he always had a lot of confidence about himself.

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His main goal's to be a star in OW.

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Everybody's been telling me since I was, like, in sixth grade,

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"You're cocky, you're arrogant, you're just standard dirt.

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"You're just too this and too that."

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He's just a...friend.

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Mm-hm, that's it.

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-On three, one, two, three!

-THEY CHEER

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Let's go!

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At Orangeburg, there's that perception of us being jocks

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and just picking on kids, it's not really like that.

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We just go to class, man, we trying to survive and stuff, man.

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We just out here trying to make it till the next day.

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Come on, Mike. We need to use you if you ain't doing anything, Mike.

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Come on, we need you out there if you're not in first offense.

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'Here at OW, football is a tool to get an education.

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'Not just being a football player.'

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And I always go to them and ask them, "What do you want to do?

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"Do you want to play college football?"

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They say yeah, so that makes me motivate them more.

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Hey, hold up, I need another lineback guy here.

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'All of the athletic teams, no matter what team, it's year round.

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-'And that's what we do here at OW.'

-Running again?

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'Everything at OW athletically is good.

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'They prepare us for college athletically.'

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But academically, er, no.

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Say hut!

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Coach, what is Herb doing? Oh, man! come on, Herb.

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I know you're in that great class!

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I love football. I love it so much, man.

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I used to take plastic bottles,

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fill it with rocks and throw it at myself. "Somebody play with me."

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Nobody used to play with me when I was a youngster.

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Slide right!

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'I've wanted to play football since I was, like, five.'

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Down this side.

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'In college. I just want to get out of Orangeburg, so bad.'

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If I could just, like...

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You ever seen The Wizard Of Oz?

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Like, she just click her heels and just disappear?

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If I could do that, I'd do that right now.

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I really, really want to get out of Orangeburg.

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What is that? What are you doing, old boy?

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Is that the way you're going to run the play?

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Who are you fooling doing this like this?

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Go to the line and round the play!

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I mean, red dummy three, man!

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And that's just what you are just now.

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'I actually make them go through a lot.'

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There's no short cut, there's no easy way to do it.

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It's a grind every day.

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Coach Brown will not let me talk back or anything like that.

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I'm in the ninth grade. I got in trouble, man.

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He whispered in my ear, "You like to talk back?

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"You'll be talking to that grass all day."

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And I had to crab all day.

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There you go.

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All right, listen up. You know how crazy it's going to be? OK?

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Nobody's going to have fun

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unless we win the football game, especially us.

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We've got to take care of this business.

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OK?

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-One, two, three.

-ALL:

-Be great!

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Game time, baby, let's go!

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It's a big game and we've still got a chance

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of reaching the Championship,

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so it's going to be very important to us to get this win.

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We've had colleges come in, looking for different athletes.

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This could be the difference in them getting big scholarships,

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based on one game.

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Everybody just wants to show what they're capable of doing.

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'I never had no goals in my senior year besides making it to college.'

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And it's make or break time for me.

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'Research says it takes 3-5 years for constructive change

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'to take place in our schools.

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'Unfortunately, we don't have 3-5 years. We have to change now.

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'And we have to stand up, tired or not, and make a difference.'

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It's seven o'clock. Or later.

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Good morning, precious princess.

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Brec biscuit?

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-So, what's the schedule for today?

-Go to class and it starts at 8:10.

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I'm trying to finish my computer work and my economics work.

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Mr Triseci gave us a whole packet of stuff to do.

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-What's your schedule today?

-Go to the factory.

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And try to earn some milk for the baby.

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With the last child.

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I'm the last child, no, no!

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-Gonna have some more babies.

-No, you won't.

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Gonna have some more babies, what are you talking about?

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No, you won't.

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-It might help me to live to be 350 or whatever years old.

-No.

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-I'm helping you to live to be 350 years old.

-Yes, ma'am.

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You see how youthful you look now?

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-That's because of me.

-All right, me!

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'My daddy is Robert Jones.'

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He supports me in everything I do.

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I have applied to a lot of colleges. I think I applied to, like, 17.

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The career that I want to choose is computer engineering.

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I applied to Georgia Tech, which has one of the best

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engineering programmes in the world.

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I think he wants me to go there because that's like in his dreams,

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I guess, when he was younger and he used to want to be an engineer.

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And now it's my chance,

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it's almost like he wants me to keep striving for those goals.

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-So, is that your dream?

-That is generally my dream, yes.

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I'm going around doing some encouragement talks about testing.

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Unfortunately, test scores tell the story.

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Whether our teachers are teaching and whether you're learning.

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Bottom line is there's a lot at stake.

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INTERCOM: I know that we will increase our test scores.

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But we can only do it with your help,

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so I ask that you join me this morning,

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as we embark on changing the culture at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

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Are you ready? You feel like you ready? OK, all right.

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We're counting on you. Are you ready today? Are you ready?

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All right, do your best. 90%.

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Good luck today. Good luck. Go get 'em.

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You feel great? Feel like you're ready?

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All right, let's do it for me. OK?

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Do it for me, do it for you, do it for the school.

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Start walking. Let's go.

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I'm just sitting here, looking at some highlights.

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Have a seat, man.

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We're going to make this attempt to help your dream come true, man,

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that's my goal, you know,

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I know a lot of coaches dream about winning championships.

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But my goal is getting as many kids that want to go to college, go to college.

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OK. That's good play right there.

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Showing some speed, breaking tackles.

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One thing about receivers, it's a tough position to get recruited in because there's

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so many receivers out there. You've got to show something different.

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-You've got to show something special.

-I think I'm special.

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I'm a diamond. And I ain't no uncut diamond. I'm polished.

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You know, put me on a ring right now.

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I'm engagement-ready, that's how I am.

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You know, I wish I could promise.

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I never make promises cos that's not real.

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But, you know, you demonstrated a lot of things and, you know,

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that show me that you can play on the next level.

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Six million people playing high school football.

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Only probably like 60,000 of them are going to get into college.

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The chances of it is hard.

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But I mean, I think I am good enough for that.

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Black people don't get opportunities.

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So, you have to maximise your opportunity.

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You have to make the best out of every opportunity.

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-RADIO:

-Welcoming you to Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School pep rally.

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Just one day to go until the Bruins Friday night football game against Berkeley.

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The atmosphere in the Bruins den is electric

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and we're with them all the way.

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A pep rally is a school gathering, where everybody in the school,

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teachers, students, staff members, everybody,

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they just come together and celebrate and, like, get hype for the game.

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Give it up for our football team!

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Pep rallies are supposed to boost the team's morale and

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show them that they are supported and that we want them to win.

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Football players, they work hard for what they get.

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You can tell, like, they put in work to become something successful.

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It's not just one person for themselves or the other

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person just goes about themselves. It's everybody working together,

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so that we all can be at the top.

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CHEERLEADERS CHANT

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Football comes down to what's in your heart.

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If you keep working on it, you work hard enough, there ain't

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no telling what you could really become.

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What do you do on a Friday night when the lights are on?

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It's all or nothing.

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-..better than MY class - class of 2016!

-CHEERING

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THUNDER CRACKS

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BUZZ OF CONVERSATIONS

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BELL RINGS

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I failed that test, uh-huh...

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I didn't do well. I didn't do well.

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Final exam, you got 22 questions correct out of a total of 45.

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-You're going to have to repeat the whole course.

-Yeah.

-Mm.

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I failed it, it's OK. I tried.

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I'm the one that got the failing grade.

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I get the work, I get how to do the work but I guess

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when the test comes and, like, it's...shut-down mode.

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The fall testing that we got, the results that we got, I,

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um, was not well pleased.

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The bottom line is,

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we're going to all be held accountable for what happens.

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-Oh, yeah!

-You know, Rome wasn't built in a day.

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We have a job ahead of us. It's a tough job

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but it's something that's doable.

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People need to know that these students are learning.

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Ours were not great results.

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We had students who could have passed if they have two more points.

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So, when you see that, you're like, "Wow, we could have been, like,

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"majorly ahead of the game."

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It gives us hope.

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But we have a lot of work to do.

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It's cold outside.

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I was, uh, looking at degrees on this form,

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on this report card again.

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She pointed that out. Number one in the class.

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-Check me out.

-SHE SQUEALS

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-Congratulations.

-Ooh!

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-What's the amount on the cheque that I get for that?

-Cheque? What cheque?

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For your being number one.

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No, you get a cheque of the amount of affection I have given you

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-for 18 whole years.

-All right, all right. Outstanding.

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-Well done, well done.

-So, what are you cooking tonight?

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-Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

-Oh, gosh.

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HE CHUCKLES

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-RADIO:

-Friday night lights, right here in Orangeburg, South Carolina, 93.7 FM.

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The People's Station, for the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School football game.

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This is a night of excitement and activity for the whole family.

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-Paul, what do you think about it?

-I'm telling you, it's a big game, Harvey,

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as OW are facing off against the Berkley Stags and you

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cannot forget about playmaker Kordel Johnson.

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They are expecting big things out of big number 17.

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Ready for the fight... Hey, you see how we're rocking.

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You see how we rocking... All pink. That's how we rocking, all pink.

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If you're going to do it, you got to do it right...

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You got to release everything, man. You see that boy right there?

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That's a boom star. My dog with the Batman on.

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-Light it up, baby, all I'm gonna say.

-Boom squad. Hey, baby.

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This is my main man right here, my DB.

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Yeah, flex up one time! Flex up!

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And we got Tariq Thomas in the locker room.

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Let's get it, you already know. Chills in here.

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-What's happening, baby!

-Muscle up, kid. Muscle up one time!

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That's the T right there, baby. Hey, it's our heart right here. It's football. We love this, baby.

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Let's go.

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This is a big year for me.

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Either I'm going to get a scholarship

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or I'm not going to get a scholarship.

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If you lose, you live to fight again.

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If you win, you are on top of the world for that moment.

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CHEERING

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-RADIO:

-And we are under way here from Bruin Stadium!

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It's Berkeley with the kick-off.

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And the Bruins get the ball.

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What a start for OW!

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-KORDEL:

-High school football at OW is like everybody that you know

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and everybody knows going to be at your game.

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Your momma, the people that your momma know.

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People that you see at the barbershop.

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The cheerleaders come on and

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the band come in and it's a great feeling, man.

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-RADIO:

-Number 17, Kordel Johnson, ready to receive.

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Number two quarterback lets loose.

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It's long. Johnson in the end zone.

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Touchdown, Bruins!

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CHEERING

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I love going to sporting events and being a proud Bruin.

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I want my team to win. I'm behind them all the way.

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I wish them success.

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I mean, I always play with a chip on my shoulder,

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cos I think I'm Superman.

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Any time OW has needed me, I have come to save the day.

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Let's go 60 now... Read it, read it.

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-RADIO:

-Coach Brown calls a quick play!

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OW driving for the line. Touchdown, Bruins!

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WHISTLE

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And at the half, the Bruins lead 14-0.

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-KORDEL:

-Football is big.

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That's just how people dream at OW. They want to make it to the NFL

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and everything is going to be all good. But at a certain time,

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you know, reality hits.

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-RADIO:

-We are in the second half and it's a different side we're seeing.

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Berkeley are making a comeback.

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And Bruins' captain... he's down on the field.

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Berkeley get a break. He finds space.

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OW missed their man. He's almost made it.

0:35:370:35:40

Touchdown, Berkeley. It's 14 apiece. Man, this is tight.

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This does not look good for the Bruins.

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What are you all doing? Why is the fullback running the trap?

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Gentlemen, we are self-destructing every time. We are self-destructing!

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We are self-destructing.

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Every time we get a drop, somebody do something stupid!

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Just right. 60, 60, 60. Move through!

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Blue through! Blue! Blue!

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Heads up!

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Back, back, back!

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CHEERING

0:36:480:36:51

Touchdown, Bruins!

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Let's go!

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I told you we'd get it done with the whole thing.

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Couldn't have written the script better than that.

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30-yard touchdown pass to win the game. But we'll take it.

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-HE LAUGHS

-We'll take it!

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I feel wonderful. I feel great for coach Tommy Brown!

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For the Bruin nation.

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I don't like losing. I don't play this game to lose.

0:37:360:37:39

Who was the person that got shot?

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Something happened and he pulled out a gun and shot the boy.

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Rendull is popular with the ladies.

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But, OK, I don't want to get into that!

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If people knew what I went through, they'd understand.

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The reason why I act out. See, that hole up there in that wall? I punched the wall.

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New principal Dr Peters arrives on a mission to improve grades and discipline, but a mass brawl and the threat of further violence gives him a swift reality check. Meanwhile, high-achieving pupil Jalena begins college applications, but with college fees costing more than a house, will she even be able to afford to go? Male cheerleader Vernon and star football player Kordel each prepare for the big Friday night football game. Can a win for the school help to get Dr Peters' ambitions back on track?