6-Year-Old With Rare Fatal Syndrome Given Honorary High School Diploma

Jordan Planitz met the seniors of Tri-City High School when he served as principle for a day last fall

Jordan Planitz, a 6-year-old from Waverly, Illinois, received an honorary high school diploma on Monday.

Jordan was born with Megalencephaly Polymicrogyria Polydactal Hydrocephalaus syndrome – a rare condition characterized by brain abnormalities and a buildup of fluid in the skull, the National Institutes of Health explains on its website. Jordan is one of just nine documented cases in the world.

Jordan met the seniors of Tri-City High School last fall when he visited the school as principle for a day, the Springfield Journal-Register reports. After being told that the boy was unlikely to make it to his own high school graduation, the class of 2015 invited him to join in their special day.

“I was so amazed that they would even remember who Jordan was, much less decide that he deserved an honorary high school diploma,” his mother, Deanna Planitz told the newspaper.

Students said Jordan’s positive attitude made him difficult to forget. “He made a really big impact on our lives,” Beth Daniels, class valedictorian said. “You look at him, and it doesn’t seem like he has a disease. He always has a smile on his face. Going through what he’s going through, it kind of makes everyone else want to put a smile on their faces.”

Daniels and two other students led Jordan to the stage to receive his diploma as his family looked on. This wasn’t the youngster’s first high school experience – in August, his teachers threw him a “miracle prom.”

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