South Dakota girl with cancer prevented from graduating

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A west South Dakota high school won't let a student who has brain cancer walk at graduation because she's six credits short of being able to officially graduate. The Rapid City Journal ( ) reports that 17-year-old Meredith Erck, who wasn't sure she would live to see graduation day, will be unable to take part in the ceremony this weekend after Rapid City district officials said in a statement that her participation without credit completion "diminishes the accomplishments of the graduates." The Central High School student had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015, and previously had colon cancer. With surgeries and recovery, Meredith's illness prevented her from completing all of her classes on time. Meredith is expected to finish her remaining credits before the end of the next academic year. ___ Information from: Rapid City Journal, (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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