Researchers check back with Tacoma class of 2000

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- When members of Tacoma's high school Class of 2000 donned their graduation gowns, none could have predicted where life would take them, or how the world would change. But, like graduates before and since, these students had goals and dreams.

University of Washington researchers decided to ask about those dreams as a way to see how high school students move into their adult lives.

The News Tribune reports that in 2000, the UW researchers surveyed 1,157 seniors at Foss, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, Stadium and Wilson high schools. They asked about family, school, health and future plans.

More than a decade later, the UW Beyond High School Project, led by sociology professor Charles Hirschman, is hoping to reconnect with the Class of 2000 for a follow-up survey.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com