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Graduating seniors honor hospitalized classmate

NASHUA (KWWL) -- Sunday afternoon, dozens of high school seniors are celebrating a bittersweet milestone. 53 teens graduated from Nashua-Plainfield High School, but only 52 were able to accept their diploma in person.

"It was really an emotional rollercoaster, to be excited to graduate and think, one of our classmates is going to be missing," said graduating senior Zach Fisher.

Wednesday afternoon, Fisher's classmate and friend, Keegan Henry, fell 60 feet into an empty grain bin. It happened just a few hours before Baccalaureate.

"I heard some sirens go by, and we heard they were going down to the Mill. And that was the first thought that popped into my head -- that Keegan was hurt," said Jordan Fisher, also graduating Sunday.

"My mom called me and told me a high school kid had been in an accident at the mill, I knew who it was immediately," added Principal Erik Smith.

Amazingly, Keegan survived the fall. Now the teen is fighting to overcome his injuries.

"From what I hear, some days are good, some days are not. It's just kind of... his body is just trying to get itself right again," said Smith.

His friends are hoping to help by including Keegan in every part of graduation. His cousin Alex, who is also graduating, places colorful balloons in Keegan's chair. Two more cousins are accepting his diploma. And after everyone walks the stage, his classmates take a moment to remember their friend.

On the count of three, the entire group shouted -- "get well Keegan!"

"He would have been with us, if not for his accident. And he's here with us in spirit," said Zach Fisher.

"We just wish he was here. We wish he was with us," Jordan Fisher noted.

Friends have set up a benefit fund for Keegan's family. You can visit any Lincoln Savings Bank location to help out. Just ask for the "Keegan Henry Benefit Fund."

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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