" The Gatesville school district requires seniors to wear black caps and gowns -- except top-tier students, who wear white. The school also turned down an Eagle Scout's request to wear his uniform.
James credits the Marine Corps with giving her a future. Earlier this school year, the 18-year-old was on the verge of dropping out of high school, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
After signing up with the Marines, she went to North Carolina for 13-week boot camp in February. James received about $30,000 after qualifying for the Montgomery GI Bill and another $50,000 in scholarship money.