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Albemarle Students Graduate from Math-Oriented Program

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Family and friends attend the M cubed graduation Friday afternoon Family and friends attend the M cubed graduation Friday afternoon

Fifty-five young students graduated from Albemarle County's award-winning M3 (M cubed) program on Friday at a ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Charlottesville. The students are ready to take on tough math problems and challenging leadership roles thanks to a little help from M3.

Families and friends gathered to cheer them on as they graduated from the program - aimed at helping young African-American men improve in math.

The students have spent the past two weeks working with mentors, and making roller coaster projects.

Kai Millner spent four years in M3. Now, the high school sophomore is back as a mentor. He says he wants to give back because this program prepared him to be an engineer.

"This is a math program, and you do need a lot of math to be an engineer so that's one of the main ways and also I've gotten to meet a lot of engineers who've helped with this program and they've sort of told me what you have to do to be an engineer and all the different qualifications you have to have," said Millner.

Millner says he wanted to give these students a mentor closer to their own age, so they can see his example as an attainable goal.

Millner is the first M3 grad to return to the program as a mentor. He says he wants to keep giving back for many years to come.

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