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On Labor Day 2012, Brooke Thabit launched a dive into the water. What she didn’t know was that the water was only knee deep. Brooke struck bottom and sustained an injury to her spinal cord at the C6 vertebrae, paralyzing her from the neck down.

At the time of her accident Brooke was seventeen and a high school senior. She had been dual enrolled in college since 10th grade and completed her first year of college by the start of her senior year in high school. Despite the accident, Brooke completed her high school requirements on time, receiving her diploma with her graduating class in June 2013. Brooke is now enrolled in college working toward her degree.