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Published May 29, 2013, 10:05 PM

Legacy Children’s Foundation giving students high aspirations for higher education

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A special celebration for four Fargo North High School Students tonight.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A special celebration for four Fargo North High School Students tonight.

The students are the first group of graduating seniors involved in the Legacy Children's Foundation, an organization aimed at helping at risk youth.

For any teenager, it's a major accomplishment.

Emrah Karahodzic, Graduating: "The goal is a high school diploma."

But for some youth graduation can seem like a daunting, unattainable goal.

Karahodzic: "Just didn't want to go to school anymore. I was always truant, late and didn't want to go, I'd fake sick."

Emrah Karahodzic is just one of 30 some middle school and high school students in the Legacy Children's Foundation.

Karahodzic: "It's for kids at risk. Kids that are having a hard time getting through school. It really just helps carry us through, a lot of support."

Karahodzic didn't join the foundation until his senior year, but within a short time he says he's turned his life around.

Karahodzic: "I'm not as lazy. I hang out with a better crowd of people. I'm more successful with my grades. I try a lot harder and I'm more motivated."

So much so he has some pretty big plans for next fall.

Karahodzic: "I plan on going to M State and making a career out of electrician, or being an electrician. I'm really looking forward to that."

He isn't alone in having high aspirations for the future.

Peter Saintel, Graduating: "Excited. Happy that I made it this far, planning ahead, going to NDSU next fall."

The Legacy Children's Foundation also helped Peter Saintel excel.

Saintel: "My grades weren't too bad, but I knew I wanted them to be better so once I got into the program my grade jumped up to a 3.6, so that's how it has helped."

A diploma was the goal, and for these two boys the feeling of accomplishment is like none other.

Fargo North High School's Graduation will take place this Saturday.