May and June mark graduation season for many, but we celebrate Craig students who graduate all year long. Similar to spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, school – and therefore graduation - is unique for each student who comes through the donor-funded Craig School Program.
Today, we celebrate Sami Bayless!
Sami came to Craig after sustaining a spinal cord injury from an automobile accident. Spirited, determined and motivated by her family and faith, Sami was a force when she was at Craig. As part of the Teen Rehab at Craig (TRAC) program, she rehabilitated alongside other teens and became a mentor and confidant for many.
Prior to being at Craig, Sami was pursuing her high school diploma while taking college courses. Because she spent a portion of her senior year at Craig, Sami became motivated to earn her GED. Craig School Program teachers Laura and Cory worked with Sami to study for and pass her GED. In mid-winter, members of the Craig staff and her family came together to celebrate this major milestone!
In addition to school, Sami made tremendous progress towards independence. She has returned home and is pursuing a degree in agricultural business and a Veterinary Technician certificate.