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Four area students ACE their lives


Exchange Club honors seniors who 'overcome adversities'



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Holding her ACE Award plaque, Helena Benoit, a Southbridge High senior and student member of the School Committee, was one of four area students honored recently by the Tri-Community Exchange Club. (click for larger version)
April 03, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — As an honor student, Adams scholar, Student Council member and even student representative on the School Committee, Helena Benoit definitely doesn't come across as disabled, and she certainly doesn't consider herself so.

But, like an increasing percentage of young people, she's diabetic, having been diagnosed at age 3. On six occasions since then, she ended up hospitalized in a near-coma from what she almost casually calls DKA – diabetic ketoacidosis.

Late last month, though, Benoit didn't have a recurrence of DKA – she was one of four area students who received three other letters because of her perseverance: ACE.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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