Local Odessa Girl Reaches Her Goal

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Graduating high school was a bit more challenging for 17-year-old Nicole Stanford, but that didn't slow her down one bit.

"I'm a little nostalgic. I'm going to be leaving my theater class. It's like my second home to me, so it's kind of hard to leave," Stanford said.

Standford was disgnosed with a neuro muscular disease called multi-mini core, which weakens the movement of her muscles.

Standford says she didn't let that discourage her.

"There are struggles that everyone goes through, mine are just visible. It's just a fact of who you are and if you are willing to give it a second chance. If you're willing to be strong, it doesn't matter how smart you are," Stanford said.

Sandford's grandmother says her granddaughter has always been determined to reach greatness in life.

"I'm really proud of her. She's gone through the AP program. She critiques herself a lot harder than I do," Nicole's Grandmother, Sarah Imoe, said.

Standford says it's her grandmother's words that helped her get this far.

"It's ok to sit down and be depressed, but after a short while, get up and keep going. Allow yourself to be a little sorry, but then keep going," Imoe said.

Much like the play she wrote for her drama class, graduating high school is an accomplishment she'll always remember.

"It was a huge step for me and it will keep me going when I feel like I don't  have anything going for me. I know that I did something in my life,"  Stanford said.