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Simpsonville student gets international honor

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Alex Staarmann in class at Southside Christian School. (File/FOX Carolina) Alex Staarmann in class at Southside Christian School. (File/FOX Carolina)

A local teen has earned an international award after overcoming social and academic challenges.

Simpsonville native Alex Staarmann looks like a typical teenager, but there's so much more to this story. 

He's had to face a lot of social and academic challenges because of his disabilities. Staarmann said his childhood was hard, but he was determined to succeed. 

"I have had trouble reading and writing. Those were my weak points," Staarmann said.  

He said he's thankful for his parents, Debbie and John, and Academic Resource Center Director Debbie Irwin for encouraging him to succeed.

And it turns out, his hard work and discipline helped him win the 2012 Yes I Can award from the Council for Exceptional Children.

Each year, CEC honors 21 students with disabilities who have excelled and Staarmann proudly won the award in the academics category.

Staarmann graduated high school magna cum laude in May Southside Christian School.

Now, he's looking towards the next chapter in this life. He plans to attend the University of Alabama at Huntsville this fall to study meteorology. 

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