A sibling celebration

LE GRAND – When Haley Krough imagined graduating from high school, having her little brother in a cap and gown next to her was pretty far fetched.

However, this will happen for the two teens from Gilman on Sunday.

Haley, 18, and her brother Doug, 15, are both graduating from East Marshall High School. They are the children of Doug and Sandy Krough.

“It’s still kind of a shock,” Haley said of graduating with her brother.

Doug was moved past seventh grade and took three years to complete four years of high school courses.

“I think it’s cool and it’s unique,” Doug said.

Doug will attend the University of Iowa in the fall and is undecided on a major. He will be enrolled in a special program at Iowa which helps younger students transition to college.

East Marshall High School Principal Rex Kozak said this is the first time he has had a 15-year-old graduate from high school.

“For a 15-year-old to walk across that stage is just amazing,” Kozak said. “It allows us to see that we don’t have to be bound by tradition or bound by age. If the student is ready, that is the key.”

Haley took the traditional route to graduate, but is no slouch in the academic arena in her own right. She has compiled a 3.95 grade point average and is planning to study chemistry at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

She is a Times-Republican Leader of Tomorrow and has received several other accolades.

Kozak said, just like Doug, Haley also has a bright future.

“Haley is just top notch,” Kozak said.

Older sister Clarissa Hoing said she will be proud to see her two younger siblings walk down the aisle to get their diplomas Sunday.

“Dougy is super smart, and Haley has got a lot of things going for her,” Hoing said.

Haley said she is fine with Doug being recognized on her special day and doesn’t feel he’s stealing her spotlight.

“It’s more like sharing it, not really stealing it,” Haley said.

East Marshall graduation is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school in Le Grand.