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State Test Prevents North Central High Senior From Graduation

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's the first race North Central track all-star Trevor McGregor can't finish. One that's lasted him four long years.

"Last year and this year, it's all I could think about," said McGregor. "It was the only thing I was looking forward to."

The chance to cross the academic finish line with all of his friends, the race to graduate from High School.

In life we try, but not everyone wins the race," said McGregor's father Michael Zorn. "Everyone runs the race, when you give it your best and you don't get the prize because of the system, it's just not fair."

McGregor found out on Wednesday that he will not graduate this year because he was 8 points short of passing his high school proficiency exam. The exam is one of four requirements set by Spokane Public Schools to graduate, only it's a requirement McGregor and his family believe to be unfair.

"I do more work than kids in AP classes," said McGregor. "Only they graduate and I don't, just because of a test.

McGregor says he was never told by anyone at North Central that he didn't pass the test until this week, when it's too late to do anything about it. Given the chance, McGregor says he would do anything to be able to walk with his friends, because it's a moment he's dreamed of his entire life. A moment his family says the district has taken away from him. It's now one that he has worked hard for and will now never get to see.

"We need a radical change in the school system. We need people that have courage to say this wont work," said Zorn.

Terren Roloff from Spokane Public Schools says, while they sympathize with McGregor's situation, "Our policies are made very clear to both students and parents at the beginning of the year. They do not allow students to graduate if they have not met all of the district's graduation requirements, and those policies are supported by the school board."

Roloff adds that there are alternative options if a student doesn't pass the test listed on the district's website, such as getting above a certain score on the SAT or ACT, or qualifying for a State's Test Grade Comparison. Only, the STGC is for students with above a 3.2 GPA and unfortunately in McGregor's case, he did not meet those requirements either.

While McGregor will not get a diploma or walk with his classmates on June 5th. He was already accepted into Skagit Valley Community College where he plans to go in the Fall.

*This web story was filed by Kaitlyn Bolduc

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