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CMS FINDS SUCCESS WITH BLEND OF HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE

Antonio Hernandez-Blanco was doing well at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, a magnet school with academic admission standards. But when he seized the chance to move to Cato Middle College High as a junior, he found himself in a whole new environment. Now he's among 200 high school students, all capable of doing college-level work, who share classrooms with older students at Central Piedmont Community College. It's exciting and a bit humbling, says Antonio, a 17-year-old senior. "I try definitely a lot harder here," he said. He has been accepted at UNC Chapel Hill and is awaiting word from Duke University.

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Charlotte Observer