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Posted on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 11:40 a.m.

Roberto Clemente senior Marcus Buggs has been slipping, determined not to fail

By Pete Cunningham

When Marcus Buggs, an 18-year-old senior at Roberto Clemente Development Center, was profiled by the Detroit Free Press back in January, he received an outpouring of support from readers who were touched by his triumphs over great adversity throughout his life. His struggles included witnessing his father murdered when he was just 9 years old.

But as time passed, not all the help offered materialized, and Buggs, a reserve guard on the Huron High School basketball team, began to slip in school as responsibilities at home demanded more and more of his time.


Marcus Buggs, right, is a senior at Roberto Clemente and reserve guard for the Huron High School basketball team.

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Though the road has continued to be rocky, Buggs in the meantime was accepted to Western Michigan University.

The Free Press kept up with Buggs, following him as he was able to tell his mentor, Clemente Principal Ben Edmondson, that he'd been accepted to college and followed the two as they picked out a suit for graduation. As he prepares to go off to college, Buggs also will soon deal with the reintroduction of his mother, who has been incarcerated since 2010, into his life.

Read the entire Free Press story.

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Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 11:26 a.m.

Marcus hold your head up high and be all you can be! You are on a great road to success! Best to you and I look forward to hearing more about your future success! Dr. E. good job! Wish you the best also, keep up the great job- keep reaching out to young folks, they need people like you!!!!


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 12:11 a.m.

Dr . Ben thanks for all your service to many young men in our community. Hopefully,there will be a positive support team for Marcus. at Western.Perhaps ,you can focus your high energy on your own little ones at home.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 7:39 p.m.

Good luck, Marcus! There is a community out here rooting for you, so if things get tough (and they always do), I hope you remember all the people who think you can make it.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 7:05 p.m.

i do not know you but keep you head up and do well in school. make the most out of what you have done. which is just great. hope to read about you when you graduate from western.