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MISD holds early graduation for seniors on Rebel baseball team

MISD administrators held a special graduation for nine seniors on the Midland Lee Rebel baseball team. They won't be able to attend the ceremony on Saturday due to a playoff game. (Source: KWES) MISD administrators held a special graduation for nine seniors on the Midland Lee Rebel baseball team. They won't be able to attend the ceremony on Saturday due to a playoff game. (Source: KWES)
MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

For the nine seniors on the Midland Lee Rebel baseball team who got their diplomas in a special graduation on Thursday, it was hard to put into words what an achievement this was.

Senior Braden Woodfin said, "I don't really know how to describe it. It was a lot of fun, especially being able to graduate with these guys."

The wheels for this special graduation were put in motion last Saturday when the Rebels upset the number one team Chapell.

Lee Principal Stan VanHoover said, "We got the preliminary work done Saturday evening. Then we met on Monday planned out things and were ready to roll."

The ceremony lasted about thirty minutes and school administrators wanted to make sure the nine seniors got the recognition they deserved knowing they would be missing the full graduation over the weekend.

Midland Independent School District, Superintendent, Dr. Ryder Warren said, "These kids didn't blink an eye because that's what they do and so this is the very least we can do for them."

For the seniors, they got to see all their hard work pay off.

Senior Wesley Hall said, "It definitely made the past 13 years worth it. Getting that handshake and the paper, it was an incredible experience."

"It's pretty cool. It's an awesome experience having my family here watching me get to do that," said Woodfin.

On the other hand, administrators hope they get to put something like this together more often.

"I wish it will happen every year because one of our teams are going to be in the playoffs every year," said Warren.

While the other Lee students will be graduating on Saturday, the seniors know they have more work ahead of them because they will be playing Amarillo High in Abilene with the chance to move on to the state tournament starting on Friday. 

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