This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America.
The bell signals the start of second period. A trio of young women take seats in English class, their attention quickly drifting outside the walls of the high school in Fort Morgan, Colorado, eager to talk about what they’re working toward.
“I want to become an FBI [agent],” says freshman Mariam Mohammed. “It’s my dream.”