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May 24, 2013

Refugee overcomes barriers to graduate WHS

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WASHINGTON — “It’s incredible,” Barnard said of Reh’s accomplishment. “He had tremendous work ethic all the years he was here. He worked mornings. He worked evenings to get it done. He had a goal and he did it.”

But Reh’s story is not just for refugees or those who know English as a new language. His story is for anyone who wants to come back and finish at WHS.

“If you really want to come back and you really want to make a difference for yourself in your life, the opportunity is right here,” WHS Principal LeAnne Kelley said.

Reh’s family is planning a graduation open house this Saturday after graduation and in the future, Reh wants to become a police officer.

“I want to help the community,” Reh said.

But the education of Seh Reh at Washington High School would arguably not have happened without the friendship formed by Reh and Counsil.

“We really formed an attachment and I kind of feel like everyone’s mom,” Counsil said. “I feel really fortunate.”

 

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