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Krislynn Norton left Whiteland Community High School and is graduating from the Clark Pleasant Academy after completing the remainder of her senior year in one month. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

For three years, Krislynn Norton did everything she could to deal with a group of bullies at Whiteland Community High School; but after being hit with a milk container filled with food, she decided she’d had enough of the high school.

Norton, 18, was bullied by a group of students at Whiteland during most of her freshman through junior years. And for the first half of high school, the bullying was so intense that Norton’s grades fell because she couldn’t concentrate in class.

Norton found new motivation to finish high school — and realized what she wants to do with her life — after taking an automotive class at Central Nine. And completing high school early through the alternative academy means she can focus on her goals of opening her own garage — or possibly attending the NASCAR technical institute to study engines — sooner.

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