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Mayor Nutter visits Little Flower High School

May­or Nut­ter vis­its Little Flower stu­dents. (Tom War­ing)

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May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter got a treat when he marked the open­ing of the 2012-13 aca­dem­ic year with a vis­it to Little Flower High School.

Nut­ter, 55, at­ten­ded the former Trans­fig­ur­a­tion of Our Lord Gram­mar School in West Phil­adelphia, where his sev­enth-grade teach­er was Sis­ter Maur­een James, who is now a lib­rary as­sist­ant at Little Flower.

The may­or, in an ad­dress to LF’s 665 stu­dents in the school aud­it­or­i­um, said it was Sis­ter Maur­een who steered him to St. Joseph’s Prep for his high school years.

Nut­ter cred­its the Prep with put­ting him on the path to a suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al ca­reer and urged the LF stu­dents to en­joy their four years at their school.

“You will look back very, very fondly on your high school years,” he said.

Nut­ter told the teen­agers that more em­ploy­ers will want to loc­ate their busi­nesses in Phil­adelphia if the city in­creases its high school gradu­ation rate and keeps more of its col­lege gradu­ates in town.

The may­or en­cour­aged the stu­dents who go away to col­lege to bring their dip­lo­mas back to the city.

“Come right back to Phil­adelphia. We need your tal­ent. We need your brain­power,” he said.

The stu­dents sung their alma ma­ter and presen­ted Nut­ter with a Little Flower fold­ing chair.

Though the school is loc­ated at 10th and Ly­coming streets, most of the stu­dents come from the North­east.

Stu­dent gov­ern­ment mem­bers led Nut­ter on a tour of the school, tak­ing him to the lib­rary and chem­istry, art, mu­sic and mar­ket­ing/me­dia classes.

The school lead­ers are pres­id­ent Ebony Ukogu (gradu­ate of Ma­ter­nity BVM in Bustleton), vice pres­id­ent Caitlyn Cole­man (Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord in Rhawn­hurst), treas­urer Laura Far­rell (St. Mar­tin of Tours in Ox­ford Circle) and sec­ret­ary Melissa Waskiewicz (St. George in Port Rich­mond).

“We’re the jew­el of Hunt­ing Park,” Sis­ter Donna Shallo, Little Flower’s pres­id­ent, said in ex­plain­ing the lure of the school.

Nut­ter posed for a pic­ture with mem­bers of the seni­or class. The oth­er­wise all-girls school in­cludes four boys from China, in­clud­ing two in the seni­or class.

The may­or was joined on his Sept. 11 vis­it by Car­ol Cary, su­per­in­tend­ent of Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia sec­ond­ary schools, and Ed­ward Han­way, chair­man of the Faith in the Fu­ture Found­a­tion.

The found­a­tion re­cently as­sumed stra­tegic and op­er­a­tion­al man­age­ment of the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia’s 17 high schools and four schools of spe­cial edu­ca­tion. It is provid­ing $1,000 schol­ar­ships this year to 55 stu­dents in each of the 17 high schools. ••End­Frag­ment 

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