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Jonathan Gramling

Staff Reporter
Hedi Rudd

Contributing Writers
Sujhey Beisser, Fabu, Nichelle Nichols,
John Y. Odom, Donna Parker, Heidi
Pascual, Angela Puerta, Jamala Rogers,
Kwame Salter,  Wayne Strong, Kipp
Thomas, and Nia Trammell

Heidi M. Pascual
Vol. 14    No. 11
JUNE 3, 2019
At Last! Graduation ...
It has been a magnificent obsession in a ways, putting together
this graduation issue. It is an issue, in some ways, I am glad
only comes out once per year. While I will never know what it is
like to give birth to a child, putting this issue together brings me
pretty close. It is a long, sometimes painful experience,
especially the last week, and I always tell close friends this is
the last one and I wonder why the heck I put myself through it.

But then, when it gets printed and distributed — and people say,
‘Oh what a beautiful edition’ — you kind of forget the pain until it
all starts over next year.

While almost all of the editions of The Hues are done in two-
week cycles — meaning that most of the reporting, writing,
layout and ad sales — The Hues Graduation issue is started in
early to the middle of April by contacting the Dane County high
schools to see if they have any candidates for The Hues Row of
Excellence, which is the special insert into this paper. For the
Madison, Sun Prairie and Middleton high schools plus
Edgewood High School, I go out to each school 2-3 times to
work with the students and take their photos. This year, my last
school visit was Friday, May 31st and somehow The Hues Row
of Excellence was ready to go to print by Monday morning.

None of this would be possible without the deeply appreciated
help of the multicultural services coordinators in the Madison
schools and guidance counselors in the other schools. None of
them get paid to help the paper out and so I try as hard as I can
to flex around whatever is going on in their schools — and
sometimes in their personal lives.

The Hues Row of Excellence honors the academic
achievements of graduating seniors of color from Dane County
High Schools with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. How do they get
identified? By what they put down for race or ethnicity when they
enroll at their schools. It’s completely voluntary and I
immediately support the student’s decision when they choose
not to. --
UW PEOPLE Scholar Coty Weathersby
Leads a Stellar Group off Graduates in
The Hues Graduation Issue
Graduation at Edgewood College
Differing Expectations
(Part 1 of 2)
By Jonathan Gramling
by Heidi M. Pascual
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
by Dr. John Y. Odom
Graduation Issue
Vang Honored for
Excellence in
Diversity at
Madison College
Hmong Student
Becomes Advocate
for Others
From Madison
Faculty Chair honors director of
ABHMS partnering ministry
From American Baptist Home Mission
Society Community Outreach Ministries