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Richland teen skips graduation to receive national honor

Richland teen skips graduation to receive national honor

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Hanford High student graduate is back in town after accepting an award she beat out every other student in Washington to get.

Recent graduate Hannah Doyle had to miss her highschool commencement ceremony, but said the honor was totally worth it.

Doyle was nominated for, and won, the Billy Michael Student Leadership award recognizing leadership and community service in a ceremony at the National World War II museum in New Orleans.

She interviewed local World War II veterans, recording their stories for public exhibits and future generations.

“Interviewing the World War II veterans was an incredible experience," she said. "It really made me understand that freedom isn’t free, and gave me a greater depth for understanding sacrifice.”

Doyle also volunteered with Quilts of Valor, a non-profit awarding handmade quilts to veterans.

She'll study finance at the University of Washington and said she hopes to someday be a lawyer.

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