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High school graduates work hard after 12 years of education to earn their diploma, while also preserving through other personal challenges. The class of 2014 at Rifle High is no exception as Raigan Holgate received her diploma after being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in her spine as a sophomore.

“I had to quit track and basketball,” Holgate said. “Then I had 18 injections and had four pins and two rods inserted into my vertebrates”.

She missed most of her junior year but still managed to keep her grades up at home. “I’m proud to graduate,” she continued. “I want to make sure I did and worked to keep my grades up” while she couldn’t attend school.

Holgate graduated with a 3.8 GPA and plans to attend the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in the fall, with either a major in public relations or primary education.

Source: Post Independent via http://www.postindependent.com/news/rifle/11584927-113/holgate-rifle-disease-miss

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