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Canal Winchester Resident Crosses Diploma Off Bucket List

 Deidra Hudson received her high school diploma from Canal Winchester High School during the board meeting on December 19 through Ohio's 22+ program.

A Canal Winchester resident gave herself the gift of a high school diploma just in time for the holiday season.
Deidra Hudson completed the first entry on her bucket list when she received her high school diploma from Canal Winchester High School during the board meeting on December 19.
The 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program helps adults earn a high school diploma. The program is free to adults who are over 22 years old, living in Ohio, and do not have a diploma or a GED.
As a young mom in Cleveland in 1980, Ms. Hudson left school after completing 11th grade so she could work and raise her family. She had a fulfilling career in healthcare as an STNA and raised three daughters, who all earned their own diplomas.
"All of them have their diploma, something’s missing, and I want to add that to my list," Ms. Hudson said.
Earlier this year, Ms. Hudson made a bucket list and put earning her high school diploma first on the list. She searched online for information and found the 22+ program. She took courses online, studied for many hours, and worked hard to complete the program. Soon, her diploma will hang beside her daughters' diplomas on the wall.
"I was determined to finish it, so that’s what I did," said Ms. Hudson. "It feels good because I know that when you put your mind and heart to something and when you're going through things, I have learned to balance things in my life. It’s not easy, but I had to think 'This is what you want to do; you have to concentrate on how you want to do it and go for it.' I thank god that I had the strength to complete it."
The Board invited Ms. Hudson to the meeting to receive her diploma from CWHS Principal Mrs. Amy Warren. Ms. Hudson was joined by two of her daughters and her grandson. The district gave Ms. Hudson a Christmas ornament celebrating her achievement as the newest Canal Winchester High School alumna.
"We were thrilled to present Ms. Hudson with her high school diploma and congratulate her on this accomplishment and checking the first item off her bucket list," said Superintendent Kiya Hunt. "She is an inspiration to anyone who is striving to accomplish a goal, and her tenacity is a testament to the importance of education in all of our lives."
Next, Ms. Hudson plans to cross items 2 and 3 off her bucket list: Reconnecting with friends from her original Class of 1981 and getting a passport to travel internationally for the first time.

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