About Archie

Archie McNealy was born in the Overtown projects in Miami, FL. He lost both of his parents as a young boy and was raised by his grandmother, who herself had many health issues. Archie attended a variety of public schools in the Liberty City and Overtown areas of Miami,  where he excelled scholastically, but lacked the opportunity to get the education he required to realize his potential.

After being selected to participate in the Summerbridge program, an intensive summer program on the Ransom Everglades campus geared toward high performing students from under-served areas, Archie was offered a place at Ransom Everglades School.

At Ransom, Archie was a solid student, athlete, and became one of the most well-liked students on campus. He made lifelong friends and plans that included going to college and starting his professional life. That life was put on hold when he was diagnosed with cancer.

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