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Lexi Wright left her chair and walked across the stage and down the ramp to accept her diploma at Ravenna High School's graduation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, to a standing ovation. The Ohio teenager has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation.

Lexi Wright left her chair and walked across the stage and down the ramp to accept her diploma at Ravenna High School's graduation on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, to a standing ovation. The Ohio teenager has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation.  (AP)

An Ohio teenager who has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation.

The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reports 19-year-old Lexi Wright left her wheelchair and used a walker to cross a stage in her cap and gown to accept her diploma at the Ravenna High School ceremony last week.

Lexi Wright

Lexi Wright, a 2018 Ravenna High School graduate who has cerebral palsy, surprised her parents by leaving her wheel chair behind and walk across the stage to receive her diploma.  (AP)

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Her mother, Dede, says seeing her daughter walk for the first time as the audience gave her a standing ovation left her crying so much that she couldn’t even cheer.

Principal Beth Coleman says Wright had been practicing all year.

The teen says she simply wanted to surprise her family and was stunned by the crowd’s reaction.

She says she plans to keep working on walking.

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