Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Student Graduates In Spite of MD
Huntsvile AL Times 26May00 P2
By Shawn Windsor: Times Staff Writer
GRISSOM, ALABAMA -- LDS Student Daniel May graduated from Grissom
High School on May 25th, after four years of navigating through the
curriculum in a wheel chair. May has muscular dystrophy, and his
muscles are no longer able to support his body. The senior class
president, Andrew Salinas, paid tribute to Daniel in his remarks, and
Daniel's grandparents traveled from Mendoza, Argentina to be there
for the graduation.
When Daniel May and his brother David enrolled in Grissom, the
building had no ramps, narrow bathrooms, and more than 2,000 other
students in a windowless, crowded school. But the school quickly
began accomodating Daniel. ''They were great,'' said his mother,
Fanny. An aide helped him navigate the hallways and get is books and
daily necessities. Daniel studied art, learning to paint and putting
together "surreal, mixed-media canvases of mythical scenes,"
according to the Huntsville Times.
Daniel and his brother also studied religion, getting to Seminary at
6 a.m. each day at their local LDS ward. But the brothers usually
didn't see much of each other during the school day, since they took
different classes. Daniel wants to study art, while David spent most
of his time in the sciences, trying to become an engineer.