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Foster Graduation Ceremony

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PASCO, Wash. - Graduating from highschool is a big accomplishment, but for foster children, success didn't come without its challenges.

Getting good grades can be hard enough, but having to be taken out of your home at a young age, and put into another one presents a whole new trial. That's what happened to a number of graduating students who were brought up in foster care.

The Department of Social and Health services put on a special ceremony for students who just graduated or received their GED.

One of them was 18-year-old Kirsten Litters who was put into foster care when she started middle school. She says it was anything but easy.

"I didn't like being around people and I wouldn't do homework. So my grades dropped from being A's to F's. Then I started getting help at school so my grades started going up. But it was still hard," said Litters.

She went on to thank everyone who helped her get through tough times. Especially the social workers who pushed her to do her homework and apply for college. Litters plans on attending Columbia Basin College in the Fall.