My comments to prospective students and parents of the third freshman class of Chicago Tech Academy. We started this school to help give back to our community, and to develop the talent that some day we might engage in the workforce. More than 1,200 students applied to the lottery, and randomly 250 names were selected.
“If tonight you see your name called, and there is a doubt in your mind that you’re ready to make a commitment back to the other students of this school, I have one message for you. Get out of the way. Slide over. I wish you well, but I wish you would move on, and make room for a student that will come here and make a tremendous success of themselves.”