Whitman Senior Featured on NBC News

Chan Kang and Rosanne Colletti on the piano, practice their intro piece of today's interview.
Chan Kang and Rosanne Colletti on the piano, practice their intro piece of today's interview.
Chan Kang in one if his favorite places, Whitman's music room.
Chan Kang in one if his favorite places, Whitman's music room.

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Walt Whitman senior Chan Kang has not had a life that most American teenagers would call normal. His road hasn't been the easiest, but recently, Chan spoke publicly for the first time about a period of his life during which he was left homeless. At the time he could not understand English. He questioned himself: Give up, or fight harder to fulfill his destiny.

NBC News4NY reporter Rosanne Colletti spent some time with Chan on Tuesday to bring his journey to light.  Her interview aired on Channel 4 Tuesday evening.  Chan's story has also aired on News12 with reporter Doug Geed. You will also be able to read about Chan’s incredible climb from being homeless to being accepted to Harvard in the next several days in Newsday, The Long Islander News, and the Huntington Patch.

Chan’s story is about perseverance. And while he is speaking in public for the first time, there are many who have been helping Chan behind the scenes for several years. His teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators have all been quietly doing what they love to do the most: working to ensure that their students thrive. 

Chan has survived, and he has thrived, thanks to the incredible dedication of our professionals and the love and support he found in a good friend at Whitman and that friend's family.