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Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 10:05 a.m.

At Roberto Clemente, student overcomes family violence to set sights on college

By Cindy Heflin


Roberto Clemente student and Huron basketball player Marcus Buggs (15) celebrates with his teammates after winning a Class A district title last year. ( file photo) file photo

The accomplishments of Ann Arbor’s Roberto Clemente School and its principal, Ben Edmondson, got some attention in today’s Detroit Free Press.

The newspaper chronicles the struggles of Roberto Clemente student Marcus Buggs, who, at the age of 9, saw his father shot to death and whose mom is serving a prison sentence for a stabbing.

But Marcus, with the help of Edmondson and others at Clemente, is on track to graduate this spring, and making plans to go to college. Marcus is also a reserve guard on the Huron High School basketball team.

Clemente prides itself on its graduation rate and its success in preparing formerly struggling students for college

You can read more about Marcus and Roberto Clemente’s success story in these articles:



Sun, Jan 29, 2012 : 9:37 p.m.

I give mad props to the Roberto Clemente Family, especially Dr. Edmondson. The change that he has brought to Clemente in the past 3 years is immense. Everyday I thank the Family for everything they have done for me. They change young adults lives forever!


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 11:03 p.m.

Nice to see a positive story! Best of luck to you Marcus.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 10:51 p.m.

so I'm confused. does he still play at Huron or at Roberto Clemente???? I know they have a good basketball team at Huron. Says he is a reserve guard?


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

Clemente doesn't have its own sports teams, students can also elect to graduate with kids at other schools, e.g. attend Huron's Ceremony and receive their diploma there. Not all of our resources are being wasted on these perceived throw away kids


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

Roberto Clemente Development Center is a treasure. The school has historically gotten a negative image for serving 'the bad kids'. Even some teachers and counselors say it's for the bad kids! It's true! But a small setting like that works wonders for kids who need structure. Long live Roberto Clemente Development Center!


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

This is a great story but how many other "normal Kids" could have been helped more if the resources were not spent on this one student? With limited resources inquiring minds want to know?


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 7:39 p.m.

You sound ridiculous! Where was there ANY statement that any extra funding was spent towards helping him? Nowhere! Not in the article or the Free Press article! What it says is that Dr. Edmondson took him depply under his wing and didn't give up on him. Which I can say from experience he does with all of his students if the parents or students aren't steadily combating it. How about A2 does away with is BS no child left behind policy to quit making their district look good by passing all of their studenst every year to give the illusion there are no troubled students in A2? That would be a great start. They could also do away with Tenure and give buyouts to interested parties so crap teachers and principals that are just collecting a check and have lost their love of caring for the future could be gone and we could have more vital assets to our school system like Dr. Edmondson! Funding is being wasted on the corporate salaries genius NOT one student!


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

What a great story. Good for Marcus Buggs, good for the school, good for AA for having that school and that principal and that kind of commitment to kids. Wouldn't it be great if all AA schools had 15 kids per classroom? A dream. Congrats to everyone involved.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

Marcus Buggs you are a true example of strength. A lot of kids and adults for that matter use their bad family situation as a excuse for not doing well. Proud to have you among us. Keep on keeping on.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

I disagree with a lot of what AAPS does with this achievement gap, including hiring the charlatan Glenn Singleton, but I can't say anything negative about what is going on here. I hope this principal knows what an impact he is having and is appreciated for it.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 4 p.m.

Lets pay a little homage to Joe Dulin and the staff that worked there over the past 4 decades. I know a few of my friends benefited from the lifeline that Roberto Clemente threw their way when they were facing the challenges of growing into adulthood.