Rebecca Davan has had a difficult year since being diagnosed with leukemia last July. But her resilience and courage was recognized by her teachers and peers during her graduation ceremony at Newfield High School Saturday.
"When the doctor told me, I had no words," said Davan, 17, as she began to cry. "But today I feel great. I know I have support."
"She is an amazing young lady," father Joe Davan said. "She has had it rough, but she handled it well. She is not a whiner or complainer and she takes every day one day at a time."
Despite her sickness, Davan excelled in school. She was a member of Newfield's honor society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, LOTE Spanish Honor Society and was vice president of the Art Honor Society. She received the Attorney General Triple C Scholarship, the Presidential Academic Award and a Regents diploma.
Davan will be attending Suffolk County Community College in the fall and plans to study engineering. She was accepted into the school's Honors Program.
"I want to be an engineer, because I love to build things," said Davan, who will negotiate college classes while undergoing chemotherapy.
"Hopefully it will be over in February of 2018," she said of the chemo. "I am counting down the days."
At the end of the graduation ceremony, Davan posed for photos and laughed with her friends.
"She is a very strong person and she is staying around for a long time," said Jared Grant, who met her last year and took her to the prom. "She is going to beat this."
Davan said that along with her family, there was one major thing that kept her fighting.
"My mindset has gotten me through," she said with tears still in her eyes. "I tell myself everyday that I just have to keep going."