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High school students overcoming challenges to graduate


Hundreds of Seniors from George Washington Carver High School filed into the Columbus Civic Center Friday evening for their graduation ceremony.

Each one has made a great accomplishment in earning a high school diploma.  For some, like Kishara Williams, the road to graduation was not an easy one. 

"Knowing that I could get here, and I did it this school year by myself.  It makes it that much more...I don't know the word it just makes you happy, and there is a word bigger than happy, but I just can't find it right now," said Williams. 

Williams lived on her own this year.  She worked more than 40 hours a week, went to school, and even at one point lived in her car.

One of her teachers, Lisa Norris, says Williams' story is an inspiration to all.

"I think that it kind of helps the next ones [students] know that regardless of what you are going through that you still can get to where you want to get in life if you just keep that preserving spirit," said Norris.  

Genario Johnson also understands challenges.  He was separated from his father until last year.  During the first years of high school, he lived with family members and sometimes friends. However, Friday night that is behind him, and his father is in the audience as Johnson speaks at his graduation.

"I can't believe that it is here, and that it is today and that I get to go up in front of all these people and their families, and their parents, and their grandparents, and I get to you know just say something that every senior wants to say," said Johnson.

One of his mentors, Peggy Harris, says she knows Johnson will be a success after leaving Carver.

"I didn't even know at first that he was going through these things.  When you deal with kids who have everything and they still complain about little minor things, but I have no yet one time heard that child complain about anything, " said Harris. 

As both these students head for college, they are enjoying what is like to be a new high school graduate. 

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