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Peyton Burnett: Marching toward graduation

Sanne GodfreyMay 26, 2019

Peyton Burnett didn’t have a smooth start at Roseburg High School, but now that the time has come to say goodbye it’s pretty tough for the 17-year-old.

“I’ve done a lot of things I never thought I’d end up doing,” Burnett said. “It’s been amazing.”

When she started at the school, she felt like an outcast. She came from a school nobody had heard about, Cobb School, used a wheelchair and looked different than most of her fellow freshman.

“Freshman year was a nightmare,” Burnett said.

But then she learned about band and everything changed.

Burnett has arthrogryposis, which literally means hook joint, a congenital disease that has frozen her joints in place and weakened her muscles. She uses a wheelchair for stability and has to use her mouth when other students would use their hands.

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