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NEWARK, N.J. — Meet college-bound Aashean Jackson, a student who recently graduated from the Eagle Academy in Newark, New Jersey.

The teen tells PIX11 about his success story and how the school, part of a network of public schools, helped him beat the odds and strive for greatness.

Eagle Academy schools are using their foundation to educate young Black men across New York and New Jersey, and help the students achieve their goals.