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Determined to walk across the stage during Lake Braddock's graduation, Nick Balenger receives his diploma from Teri Hampton (right) while Vicki Emery (center) looks on at GMU's Patriot Center Wednesday, June 19.

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Balenger Story: Walking Tall

Nick Balenger, paralyzed after a swimming accident, walks at the Lake Braddock graduation ceremony.

Every Lake Braddock senior who walked across the George Mason University Patriot Center stage for a diploma received applause and praise for 12 years of hard work. But only one student received a standing ovation for simply walking.

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