Persistence Pays Off for Bolingbrook H S Graduate

          Even as Valley View School District 365U honored more than 1,200 graduates during two high school commencement exercises Sunday, the District also celebrated the achievements of one particular individual, Bolingbrook High School’s Mathias Watson-Brown.
          When he was 15, “Mickey” (as he is affectionately known) was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as WPW Syndrome that required surgery and constant medication to manage the condition. Then, last summer, prior to starting his senior year at BHS, doctors discovered he had a rare form of brain cancer.
Despite seven surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, Mickey was able to join his 865 classmates at graduation.
“Everyone at Bolingbrook High School has gone above and beyond the call of duty during this school year,” said Mickey’s mom, Maketa Watson. “A special thank you goes to (BHS transition specialist) Starr Caldwell, his advocate for success through it all. Even though she was enduring tragedy herself and on leave of absence, she continued to fight for him.”
“He is such a sweet child,” Caldwell said. “It’s wonderful to work for a district that rallies behind a young man like this.”
Mickey’s family issued praise for “all the staff who had contact with him throughout his school days at Jonas Salk, Humphrey and BHS,” and gave particular thanks to VVSD Superintendent Dr. James Mitchem and BHS Principal Yolanda Jordan.
“Mickey continues to be the strong fighter he has been since his premature birth when he weighed two pounds, 11 ounces,” said Ms. Watson.      


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