Education: Where Are You, Helga Sue?

When Helga Sue Gromowitz failed to keep an appointment with her guidance counselor at Twin Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., the counselor was not particularly surprised. After all, in a school of 2,000 students with a full roster of extracurricular activities, it is not uncommon for a student to miss an appointment or two.

Still, Helga Sue was not just any student. By her junior year the pretty, blue-eyed blonde had amassed a substantial number of honors. She was a member of the Debate Boosters club, the swimming team, the Red...

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