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“He said, ‘Do you know about the Wharton School of Business?’ I said, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’” Arianna said.

“As teachers, we have a big moment to play with the lives that we have in our classrooms,” Brush said.

Her family has also influenced her. Arianna recounted her dad’s words: “Work hard, pray on it, and don’t give up. No matter what happens, you did your best.”

“My wife and I have always stressed to her, if you do your best, you will be the best. So we try to make sure she upholds to that,” Pierre said.

“So as long as you work hard, I feel like there is always a way for you,” Arianna said.

Arianna was inspired to aim high with encouragement from her parents and seeing a previous Kenwood student awarded with about $1 million in scholarships.

“I planted the seed in Arianna’s mind that you can do the same thing,” her father Pierre Alexander told WLS.

“So when the process got started and a million was achieved, let’s go for two. I said let’s go for three and she did it,” he added.

One of the scholarships was the prestigious Gates Scholarship which offers qualified high school seniors a full, four-year ride. Bonus fun fact: Kenwood Academy is R. Kelly’s alma mater.

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