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Veteran gets his diploma at Senior Banquet

May 29, 2019
The Town Crier

Michael Shorthouse attended Boardman schools, and was set to be a part of the Class of 1994, but he was half a credit short of graduating. Shorthouse enlisted in the Marine Corps. that year, without getting his diploma.

Shorthouse was a true example of what it means to put service to his country above himself. In 2007, on a convoy in Iraq, devastation took hold. His unit was hit hard and many of Shorthouse's marines lost their lives. After serving nearly 19 years in the military, he was medically retired as a Staff Sargent from the USMC for back surgeries; and most devastating to him, PTSD.

Despite his sacrifices, it always bothered Shorthouse that he never received his high school diploma. This winter, his wife contacted Principal Fernback and with the help of Boardman online instructor Dave Pavlansky, they extended Boardman's online opportunities to complete the work needed to graduate.

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Michael Shorthouse poses with online instructor Dave Pavlansky, the teacher who worked with him through online classes to get the 1/2 elective credit that he needed to get his diploma.

Shorthouse is now a Federal Worker for the Dept. of Homeland Security. He spends his free time researching to support other Combat Veterans.

Shorthouse and his wife Lori arrived in Boardman on May 23 after making the trip from their Virginia home. He received his diploma during the Seniors Honor Banquet at Avion on the Water that evening, not completing the education he worked so hard for almost 25 years ago.



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