Alex Lamparter has been a conscientious student during her battle against bone cancer, keeping up with school work even when she couldn’t be in class.
On Tuesday, the Clover High School junior and AP-level student received the ultimate reward for her months of diligence: A high school diploma.
Alex hasn’t been able to attend school since before Christmas break, said Clover High Principal Mark Hopkins. So he and Superintendent Marc Sosne delivered the diploma to Alex’s beside at her Lake Wylie home.
“Alex is an amazing student,” said Hopkins. “Even when she would get bad news about her health, she would come visit me, concerned about her classes.”
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Hopkins said some faculty members have been visiting Alex, and the school staff was aware that the prognosis for her health was not good, based on recent scans.
Hopkins and district spokesman Mychal Frost said the school district worked with Josten’s, a graduation supplier, to provide Alex with a diploma.
The diploma was signed by Hopkins and Sosne, and includes her expected graduation date of June 2016.
“That’s kind of prompted us to do what we can do to make the days and weeks remaining as positive as possible,” Frost said about her prognosis. He added that “achieving high school graduation is something all teenagers seek to do.”
Frost added: “This student in particular has done everything she can do to complete the course work for her junior year of high school.”
Hopkins said Alex played soccer at Clover and has been battling the cancer for at least a year. Despite her illness, he said, she still ranks in the top 6 percent of her 488-member class.
“She works hard, and she is smart as a whip,” he said.
Hopkins said Alex was back and forth between the school and home during the first semester of the school year, often working at home.
“She’s just an amazingly positive young lady,” he said. “The way she has handled this has been an inspiration, and a great example for the kids and adults in our community.”
Alex was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that primarily affects children, teens and young adults. She has undergone treatment at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
The high school student body, faculty and the Clover-Lake Wylie community has rallied to support Alex and her family.
She is the daughter of Dorit and George Lamparter, and has two younger brothers. Her family could not be reached for comment this week.
In early September, Alex received a Clover High football game half-time send-off to attend the New York Jets’ opening game at MetLife Stadium with her family.
The trip was provided through Dream On 3, an organization that makes sports-related wishes come true for children and youths with life-altering illnesses and disabilities.
Alex, a native of Long Island, N.Y., moved South when she was in the third grade, but her family has remained staunch Jets fans.
The Clover High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club last week hosted a morning prayer vigil for Alex at the flagpole outside the school.
In addition, the Lake Wylie YMCA and CrossFit Lake Wylie are planning a Feb. 20 fitness expo to benefit Alex.
“There has been an outpouring of support from the whole school, the students, the teachers,” Hopkins said. “Everybody wants to do something for Alex.”