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Veteran receives high school diploma from SHS after nearly 40-year wait

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Henry McCormick (left) receives his high school diploma from Sunnyside High School Assistant Principal Ryan Maxwell as Steve Carpenter of the Sunnyside School Board claps. McCormick left high school to fight in the Vietnam War and received his diploma as part of Operation Recognition, a program to honor veterans that didn't finish high school due to military service.

It was a little overdue, but Henry McCormick received his high school diploma last night (Thursday) at the Sunnyside School Board meeting.

McCormick left high school as a sophomore in 1972 to join the Navy and fight in the Vietnam war.

Almost 40 years later, his job was in jeopardy because of new standards at the Sunnyside Housing Authority that required a diploma for all employees.

Rather than lose a valuable employee, the housing authority turned to the school district, which turned to a state law that allows veterans who left high school to fight in World War II, the Korean war or Vietnam war to receive a full diploma if they meet certain standards.

McCormick met the standards and was assisted by Curtis Campbell at the district office in completing the necessary paperwork.

Last night McCormick finally got his diploma to applause from the meeting attendees.

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