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‘Crazy doesn’t have to be bad’

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T he Class of 2014 at Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School is comprised of discoverers, pioneers and heroes.

As the third class to graduate from the project-based learning school, these graduates helped steer the school in new and brave directions, Principal Mike Reed said.

They discovered a new species of yeast along the way.

They racked up 3,000 community service hours: Several students gave up their only week of spring break to travel to New Orleans to rebuild houses destroyed by hurricanes.

One graduate, Joshua Gray, saved a life at the Ethnic Expo in 2012 by performing the Heimlich maneuver on a man who was choking.

Graduate Jessica Caldwell mused that those successes were only possible with a little dose of crazy.

She said she must have been crazy herself — to stop hiding in the pages of books and instead attend a school where students are graded on oral communication, among other life skills.

Why did she do it? Why did the other 62 members of the Class of 2014 make the decision to attend New Tech?

“We had a feeling it would all be worth it in the end,” she said. “Sometimes crazy doesn’t have to be bad.”

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