Tarvaris Shegog, 19, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School, works on a sewing project in a textile class Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn. Shegog, who plays football and basketball and ... more 
Tarvaris Shegog, 19, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School, works on a sewing project in a textile class Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn. Shegog, who plays football and basketball and intends to play football in college, admits he thought about giving up on school when he was going through some "ups and downs," but advice from coaches, teachers and his principal helped him decide to stay in school. Booker T. Washington has earned graduating seniors a commencement address next week from President Barack Obama. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Mark Humphrey
Tue, May 10, 2011 6:34 PM EDT