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When Michael Farrell Jr. was teaching students at-risk, Cleophis Carson ‘17 inspired him to create Against the Grain Scholars.  Farrell founded ATG Scholars to honor those students’ who were excelling in the classroom, were respectful and essentially doing “everything they were supposed to be doing, despite the odds.

After graduating eighth grade at Over-the-Rhine’s St. Francis Seraph, Carson became a Zeiser Scholarship recipient at Elder.  Carson goes to most every ATG Scholars’ outing, maintains his GPA, is expected to log more than 150 volunteer hours by the time he graduates high school, and also holds down a job at Kroger.  

Click here to read more about Cleophis and ATG Scholars.