Derrius Quarles

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We have heard horrific news about young people in Chicago as of late. Derrion Albert, an honors student who was gunned down, has become the “face” of the violence. If I may, I would like to present another representation of the story. Derrius Quarles represents the strength, hope and determination of young Chicago.

Derrius could have been a statistic. His father was killed when he was 4 years old. His mother was a drug addict. Instead of getting caught up in the life that destroyed his parents, Derrius moved to break the cycle.

He graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA and more than $1 million in scholarships ($1,150,000, to be precise) with acceptance into dozens of colleges. He stood up to the image he saw plaguing his city and said, “I can be all the things I was told I could never be.” He now attends Morehouse College and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Ultimately, he has his sights set on being the Surgeon General, so that he can shape the public health policy.

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16 Responses to Derrius Quarles

  1. Lily Kim says:

    I feel so amazing and very interesting happen because, everybody think he is not good of anything. First, I read his fanily story and I think so, too.But, now is different. I want he trait and I think have to study hard. He is very good of anything.I have to imitate he! And, so thank you to he and this news.

  2. Andy Yu says:

    I think he is very lucky and smart.
    Because his mother is drug addict and his father is died,
    but he get 1million dollar for schlorship!
    I think it is very lucky. But not only luck.
    There is much luck to get many scholarships,but he is smart, so
    he get many scholarship I think. Anyway, I want to get that many
    scholarships.

  3. Andy Yu says:

    I think he is very lucky and smart.
    Because his mother is drug addict, and his father died,
    but he get 1million dollars for scholarship!
    I think it is very lucky. And he is very smart I think.
    There is much luck to get many scholarships, but he is smart,
    so he get many scholarship I think. Anyway, I want to get many
    scholarships like that.

  4. Ralph Sabio says:

    I am very impressed by Derrius. His perseverance and determination are qualities epitomizing the very essence of what it means to be a hard worker. Many can learn from his achievements.

  5. Julie Lee says:

    I think Derrius did a very good job. His families are in bad situation but he fought about it and he made a good result. I think his effort is very good and I think have a hope can make good result. So I will have a hope and I will try hard all of the work.

  6. Julie Lee says:

    I think he is very good at study and I think he is so smart. I am very interesting to his brain. His family is at bad situation but he try hard and hard so he got that he wanted it. He is so SMART and respect him. I want to get a good score and I really want to get a many scholarships. Thank you for this good news and I can have a hope because of this News.

  7. Julie Lee says:

    I am very interesting to this news. It is because Derrius’s father is dead and his mom is drug addict. So other people that surrounding to Derrius said Derrius will is not good at anything. But Derrius broke prejudice and he studied very hard and get scholarship. He did not worry about scholarship so he studied harder and he get a very high GPA. I think prejudice is not good. I think person’s ability is important to test people.

  8. Florence Seo says:

    It was very good. I think he did a very good job. I will respect him. He is very good and he put a many effort. I think he fought about his situation and it was very good. Other people’s opinion is not important. Derrius!!~ Keep going!!^^ You can do it….^^

  9. Julie Lee says:

    I think he did a very good job

  10. Lisa Park says:

    I heard similar story.
    But my story’s main character was different. That character’s parents are divorced. So, the character make a problem everyday. I think, that character wanted to revenge to everybody. But it isn’t honest.
    I think, become respectableperson is better than revenge. Like a Derrius Quarles.

  11. Julie Lee says:

    I am very interesting about him. It is because he fought about a bad situation and study very hard.
    He got a many scholarship. I think person’s ability is important, not other people’s mind.

  12. Julie Lee says:

    I feel amazing and interesting. It is beacause he fought about a bad situation and got a many scholarship. I think person’s ability is important and effort is important too.

  13. JohnG says:

    I am very impressed by Derrius. His perseverance and determination are qualities epitomizing the very essence of what it means to be a succesful young man. After reading the article I sat and wondered where is the key turning point for youth with so many obstacles to overcome. His mother is drug addict, and his father died why can;t all yout overcome these obstacles. Now, many of you will say he had many positive factors but some teens reject the positive events in their life and turn to lives of drug addiction, become runaways and end up in our legal system. I saw this for years an emplyee at a juvenile boot camp. What is the key age t send kids on a positive road? How come even when help is extended some dont succeed? Is it the home, the neighborhhod, peers lack of a quality education system? I am so impressed with this young man…….kudos!

  14. Joshua You says:

    Wow!!! I’m very surprised! How could a college guy get 1,150,000 dollars? Also how could he get 4.2 GPA? I want to be like him I’m very impressed to him, because he has his sights set on being the Surgeon General, so that he can shape the public health policy. Everyone will want to have that job because the money. But I’m very sorry for him. His father was killed when he was 4 years old and his mother was a drug addict. It would be a very hard select to choose for him. If I was him I would stay home. It will be a very hard job to stay alone. I think that Derrius deserves respect.

  15. Joshua You says:

    Wow!!! I’m very surprised! How could a college guy get 1,150,000 dollars? Also how could he get 4.2 GPA? I want to be like him. I’m very impressed to him, because he has his sights set on being the Surgeon General, so that he can shape the public health policy. Everyone will want to have that job because the money. But I’m very sorry for him. His father was killed when he was 4 years old and his mother was a drug addict. It would be a very hard select to choose for him. If I was him I would stay home. It will be a very hard job to stay alone. I think that Derrius is a worthy person.

  16. kharmababy says:

    It’s rare to see a young african american man, from Chicago, succeed. I hope that once he settles into the career of his selection and looks back on the generations of people who have not made it as far as him, he feels a great since of heroism. it takes alot of courage to step up and make the decision to change things for yourself, especial when coming from the situation he did. It’d be nice to see him speaking at some of the schools he went to and to give some inspiration to other young men. To show them that hard work really does pay off, you just have to want it bad enough.

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