(AllHipHop News) Atlanta natives Big Boi and Keri Hilson surprised 1000 high school students today (October 21st) in Chicago, Illinois. The superstar rapper and singer, along with MTV News correspondent Tim Kash, spoke to the elated students as part of the Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour. The purpose of the tour is to engage students and encourage them to improve their high school graduation rates, with the goal of increasing college completion rates. “Before I started doing music, I was actually going to school to study child psychology, but, when I was in 11th grade, we went platinum,” Big Boi revealed. “But I still finished and graduated with honors you need that.” During the Youth Summit, Big Boi, Keri Hilson and Tim Kash engaged students in a conversation about the challenges they face as students, while encouraging the students to achieve their educational goals. Keri Hilson also performed her newest single “Pretty Girl Rock” during the Youth Summit. “I juggled a lot in high school,” said Keri Hilson, who revealed that that she was co-captain of her high school basketball team, in addition to participating in theater. “I had to learn balance,” said Hilson. “I had to learn to prioritize my time. I think that is the key to making it through high school in life in general, is knowing what’s important. attacking that and executing everything.”
Tim Kash talks about the importance of education from Get Schooled on Vimeo.