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Joy is something all Indiana boys basketball teams still playing today on Semistate Saturday have.

It's in the bus ride, the locker room and out on the court.

There are 16 teams in the four classes who are 32 minutes away from advancing to next Saturday's state championships at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How could this experience not be a ton of fun?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations Early College High School Initiative has supported the creation or redesign of nearly 300 schools that serve more than 80,000 students in 31 states and the District of Columbia since 2002. Even more schools and districts have taken on this early college high school design challenge outside the auspices of the Gates Foundation. The exact design of these schools varies based on partnerships between schools and local colleges, but the foundational concept is that students can graduate from high school with a college credential as well.

GARY Core'Von Lott was playing basketball inside the gym at 21st Century a couple of summers ago when his phone rang. It was his mother, who told him he had been accepted as a student into the Gary charter school. Lott was working out at the time with Eugene German, the prolific scorer who graduated last June and is now starring at Northern Illinois.

The past few weeks have been filled with terrific school pride events that often don't get talked about in the media so I thought I would share these five pictures with you directly.

In Baton Rouge, our January board meeting featured performances from our cheerleaders and dance team. Our Baton Rouge school serves grades K-4 this year.

Our nations capital is full of countless tales of humble servants who began their terms on an improbable journey to impactful American leadership.

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