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In spite of his autism, Jonathan Hicks (center) graduated salutatorian from Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton. Hicks surprised the audience during his graduation address by acknowledging the presence of his preschool assistant teacher Nancy Flynn (left) and teacher Anne Weikel (right). The women taught at Sweetwater Elementary School in Port Orange, Fla., where Hicks attended after being diagnosed with autism. He transferred to Bible Baptist in fourth grade.

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The salutatorian in Bible Baptist's Class of 2012 celebrates being "different on purpose" and doesn't let autism slow him down.

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