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Senior Spotlight - Marcus Woodruff, Towne East Learning Center

Senior Spotlight - Marcus Woodruff, Towne East Learning Center

Senior Spotlight - Marcus Woodruff, Towne East Learning Center Marcus Woodruff, senior at Towne East Learning Center, didn’t always think receiving his diploma was possible after finding himself at the Wichita Children’s home, but he credits his teachers and their support to his success.

“I really thought I wasn’t going to make it at all,” Woodruff said. “I doubted myself. I thought ‘Oh, I’m not going to graduate. Oh well, it’s whatever. I’m in a children’s home, no one cares about me so I’m not going to care about my education.’”

Woodruff has had a change in mindset since then. He said there were key people that supported him throughout the journey.

After finding out about the Towne East program, Woodruff wasn’t sure if it was for him. But he saw the faculty helping other students and could see the support and care they had for everyone.

“I went through this program and I met Leigh [Miller], Marie [Rodriquez], and Brock [Orchard] and it was an eye-opening, life-changing experience. They never gave up on me,” Woodruff said. “It was like: ‘You got this. You can do this. We believe in you.’ When I didn’t believe in myself.”

Woodruff thinks this support was vital to his success and doesn’t believe he would be receiving his diploma if it wasn’t for the love and care found in the environment at Towne East.

“When you have people who care about you and believe in you it gives you motivation and it lets you know that you’re not alone,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff completed all of his credits in February, but the staff has followed up with him regularly to see how he’s doing. Woodruff began working at the Kansas Humane Society and wants to attend Butler Community College to pursue theater.