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111-year-old gets high school diploma

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NORFOLK, Va. (KNOE 8 News) - It took nearly a century -- but a Virginia woman now has her high school diploma!

Norfolk Public Schools gave an honorary diploma to 111-year-old Lela Babb Burden this week.

Lela was a student in Norfolk back in 1918, when a flu pandemic hit.

The school was shut down to prevent the spread of the flu.

Lela never returned to the classroom.

But she later raised a family and remains involved in her community, where she's lived for the last 107 years!

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