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Finneytown High faces life's hardest test

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SCHOOL CONFRONTS CANCER
In the first of a three-part series, cancer comes to Finneytown High School. This is the story of how students and staff find strength in each other.

DEATH CASTS FIRST SHADOW
In part two, Finneytown High students begin a new school year with three classmates fighting cancer. They learn a hard lesson of life. And before their tears are dry, there's another jolt of bad news.
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FINDING THE STRENGTH
In the last part of the series, Finneytown High School students turn from one classmate's death to another's struggle.

About this series:: John Johnston, 41, has been an Enquirer features writer for nine years. This series is based on two months of interviews with students, faculty and parents in the Finneytown School District, who agreed to share their story. Some scenes were drawn from their accounts, others were witnessed by Mr. Johnston. Mr. Johnston welcomes your email at jjohnston@enquirer.com.