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First lady visits Chicago high school

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has visited a high school in Chicago after speaking about youth violence at a downtown hotel.

Obama said "Hey Harper High" as she walked in at Harper High School on Chicago's South Side. She told the students that she's proud of them and that she wanted to hear what they had to say about their school and community.

The first lady stressed education too, telling the students the best thing they could do in life "is really be serious about education." She told them that if they stay focused they "can make it happen."

Obama also told the students that she grew up in a nearby neighborhood and "there isn't much distance between me and you."

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