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Higher Ground program helps students find their path to graduation

7:21 AM, Mar. 28, 2014
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He didn't wear a cap and gown. He didn't walk across the stage. "Pomp and Circumstance" was nowhere to be heard.

Max Gehrke's graduation ceremony this week at Appleton West High School was as nontraditional as the route he took to get there. He's happy he made it. And so are his family, teachers, employer, girlfriend and children, who filled the Early American Room at West to see Principal Greg Hartjes hand Gehrke, 19, his diploma.

It likely wouldn't have happened if not for the school district's Higher Ground program, which assists at-risk students and those lacking course credits. ...

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