Teacher says hospitalized teenager a fighter


Lesleigh Groce, left, jogs with Sarah McLevish in the school gymnasium Friday morning, March 7, 2014, in the Launch program at Franklin Community High School.

Sarah McLevish likes to win, and those who know her believe that quality will help save her life.

When she plays basketball, McLevish is tenacious and constantly works to outscore other players, Franklin Community High School teacher Lesleigh Groce said. But that drive and periodic stubbornness are coupled with a sweet side that’s made McLevish a big sister in the high school’s alternative program for freshmen and sophomores trying to graduate on time, Groce said.

That sweet side is also why Deb Brown-Nally, mother of McLevish’s boyfriend, Mark Nally, gave the 16-year-old girl the nickname Sunshine.


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