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Classmates, administration to honor late Summerville student at graduation

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Classmates and friends of late Summerville student Rachel Reynolds wanted to make sure their peer wasn't forgotten.

The 17-year-old passed away May 24, 2014, after battling a rare form of cancer.  Reynolds was diagnosed in January, after a few weeks of experiencing pain in her right side.  At diagnosis, she learned the cancer was  at a stage level 4, and received a terminal prognosis.

In March, district officials organized a special graduation ceremony for Reynolds, who also achieved her certification from the State of South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

This weekend, hundreds of Reynolds' Summerville High School classmates will walk across the stage at The North Charleston Coliseum, many of whom, have been working to make sure their friend will be represented as well.

Student organizers started an online petition, urging the school's administration to call Rachel's name during the awarding of diplomas.  As of Thursday morning, the petition on www.change.org garnered over 2300 hits in support.

An official with Dorchester District 2 confirmed many of the school's seniors were unaware of the plans to honor Reynolds, many of whom finished classes the week before, also noting special consideration to the wishes of the Reynolds family.

Among the planned tributes, the program itself will be dedicated in honor of Reynolds, her name will be called during the awarding of diplomas followed by a moment of silence, and faculty and staff who wish to wear ribbons will do so in her honor.

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