East student documentary premiers in San Francisco. To be shown in Rochester today.

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• May 6, 2013

Last week seven East High School students took the trip of a lifetime.

After two years of conducting qualitative and quantitative research, the students travelled to San Francisco to present at the American Educators and Research Association conference (AERA). During their presentation, the students premiered their documentary entitled, “College Ready,” a fifty minute look at the differences between the city and suburbs when it comes to college readiness, and an insightful look at the real definition of “college readiness.” As one of 13,000 applications for only 100 spots, “College Ready” was the only film produced by high school students to be chosen. A high honor indeed.

East students worked in conjunction with professors from St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, along with graduate students in education, and teachers from East High. Their five day trip to San Francisco was paid for by grants and donations the group raised entirely themselves.

One of the most important accomplishments of these East High School students is the process which they pioneered. East students served in a research collaborative where professors, students and teachers all worked democratically to answer a question that has direct impact on the community. The results of this research are then intended to be shared with the community, to take direct action to improve the condition of college readiness among students in RCSD.

Probably no one relished the trip more than Dorothy Holloway. It was her first time on a plane and her first trip outside New York. Dorothy, a single mom, has one overriding passion: getting the best possible education for herself and passing it onto her children. Often working alone, she spent literally hundreds of hours editing and perfecting the documentary.

The Rochester premiere of “College Ready” is scheduled for today at 5pm at the University of Rochester’s Warner School building, in the Le Chase auditorium.

Come by and support Dorothy and the team as they proudly display their hard work and well deserved recognition.