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Student Paralyzed By Stray Bullet, Set To Graduate On Dean's List



When graduates of Daemen College take to the stage to receive their diplomas Sunday, chances are that no one in the Class of 2014 has had a tougher journey to get there than La'Quisha Pompey.

In 2006, Pompey, who was age 16 at the time, was paralyzed by stray bullets from a hired gunman.

Here's the profile of her released by Daemen College:

Now 23-years-old, La’Quisha’s outlook is one of great optimism. In achieving this remarkable perspective, she credits her deep faith, tremendous family support and strong belief that obstacles and challenges can be overcome. A dean’s list student, her educational experience at Daemen has been extremely positive, having developed close-knit relationships with fellow students, professors and staff. Active in campus clubs, she most recently received two Daemen Student Leadership Awards from Campus Ministry and Voices of Zion.
 
After graduating from Daemen, La’Quisha plans to obtain a summer job as a teacher assistant and to pursue a master’s degree. Ultimately, the East Side resident’s goal is to teach in the Buffalo Public Schools where she was once a student and graduated from McKinley High School. She believes she can serve as a positive role model for youngsters in the district. Having shared her story in the community, she also hopes to broaden her reach as a motivational speaker to help others who are facing a variety of challenges in life, whether they are financial, health issues, bullying or other obstacles.
 

 
 

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