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Local student overcomes past to graduate from Toledo High School

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Toledo High School Senior Dylan Vaughn won the THS Achievement Award this school year. Vaughn moved from Rome, New York and changed his fortunate at small town Toledo High School.

Sometimes a change of scenery can be beneficial, but for Toledo High School Senior Dylan Vaughn, it may have been a life changer.

"He has come so far," said Toledo High School Councilor Joyce Marick. "He moved here from New York. I think that had he stayed in New York in his situation, then he probably would not have graduated from high school."

"He came to a small community where he didn't know anybody," she continued. “He is just like a different kid. He has gone from a very difficult spot to just shining."

It wasn't just Marick that had noticed. Vaughn won the Toledo High School Achievement Award in which the entire staff at THS contributes input.

"When I first came here, I didn't talk to anyone, I didn't do my work, and I had very little respect for the staff," described Vaughn. “Now, I have the utmost respect for the staff, I have very good grades, and I'm pretty (much) always talking. I give major thanks to the staff, especially Mr. Huffman, for everything they've done for me."

He moved to Toledo with his family from Rome, New York where there was a lot of crime.

"When I moved to Toledo, I was very surprised," recalled Vaughn. "I wasn't used to how nice people are here. My first day of school, people were walking up to me saying, nice to meet you. People in New York aren't like that. They try to mind their own business, so I was kind of confused."

Vaughn lauds his dad Chris Fraser for helping him graduate.

"Without his help, I would probably be a high school dropout living under a bridge," he said.

Vaughn also had kind words for financial algebra teacher Aaron Houk.

"He gave me advice when I needed it most," he said.

During his time at Toledo, Vaughn tried his hand at Baseball, wrestling and track. Something he probably could not do at a larger school.

With this success behind him, the question about his future has already been answered.

"Well, after next week, I'll be going to basic training for the army," Vaughn confirmed.

He leaves on June 23, but with places ahead unknown, he is sure that his experience at Toledo is imprinted on his success

"I actually loved Toledo high school," smiled Vaughn. "I made a lot of friends and I enjoyed my time at Toledo."

There are those in that small town that grew because of Dylan Vaughn and what he taught them about other places and experiences.

Now he can use the tools given to him by a small town and a high school staff bent of seeing him get on the right track.

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