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Trip by choir a life-changer

Student with brain injury takes step to independence

Schenectady High School disabled student Destiny Tribley, left,  went on the SHS Women's Choir trip to Costa Rica this month. She went on her own -- handling her own medications, packing her bags, etc. It was a big leap in terms of independence and she persuaded her parents to let her do it so that she could prove to them that she could handle going away to college next year.
The trip went fabulously and she handled everything fine. Destiny has a lighter moment with  Sharon Therrien who agreed to serve as her buddy on the trip.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Schenectady High School disabled student Destiny Tribley, left, went on the SHS Women's Choir trip to Costa Rica this month. She went on her own -- handling her own medications, packing her bags, etc. It was a big leap in terms of independence and she persuaded her parents to let her do it so that she could prove to them that she could handle going away to college next year. The trip went fabulously and she handled everything fine. Destiny has a lighter moment with Sharon Therrien who agreed to serve as her buddy on the trip.
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For Destiny Tribley, going to Costa Rica with her high school choir was more than just a fun trip. It was the first step toward independence. Destiny, 17, has a traumatic brain injury, incurred as a baby. She must take medication every day to prevent seizures, and her injuries have made it difficult for her to learn. She will likely stay at Schenectady High School until age 21, as a special education student. But she ...


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