Problem or progress? White student leads black club at N. Virginia high school

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The Washington Post
April 1, 2012

Michael Wattendorf, a senior at Northern Virginia's super-selective Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology,  Wattendorf also stood before prospective members of its Black Student Union in the fall and introduced himself as the club's president. The freshmen, Wattendorf recalled, looked a little confused.

"Yes," Wattendorf remembers saying with a cheerful smile, "I am white."

Wattendorf also spearheaded a mentoring program for elementary schools in Fairfax with high minority populations and just won the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

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