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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.


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