June 26, 2013
Lake Braddock Principal David Thomas congratulates Nick Balenger on the stage at GMU's Patriot Center on Wednesday, June 19.
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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.