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Student's service dog gets own headshot in class yearbook

By: The Associated Press
May 25, 2017 Updated: May 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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photo - Stafford High School junior AJ Schalk, who has type 1 diabetes, has been attending class with his service dog Alpha for the past year after Stafford County school officials approved the idea. Alpha can tell when Schalk's blood sugar is askew by scent and gives Schalk a paw to warn Schalk. (Peter Cihelka /The Free Lance-Star via AP)
Stafford High School junior AJ Schalk, who has type 1 diabetes, has been attending class with his service dog Alpha for the past year after Stafford County school officials approved the idea. Alpha can tell when Schalk's blood sugar is askew by scent and gives Schalk a paw to warn Schalk. (Peter Cihelka /The Free Lance-Star via AP) 

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — A Virginia high school student who attends school with a service dog found himself side-by-side with his canine in the school's yearbook photos.

Andrew Schalk has Type 1 diabetes and uses his dog, Alpha, to alert him when his blood sugar levels are off. The black Labrador Retriever gives the 16-year-old his paw when his levels are too high or too low.

Alpha was there when Schalk had his picture taken for the Stafford High School yearbook and the dog ended up getting his own headshot. The yearbook staff came across the picture and decided to include Alpha in the photos of the junior class. Staffer Grace Fuller tells fredericksburg.com Alpha "is a part of this school now."

Schalk says Alpha has turned his diabetes "into a positive experience."

Schalk and his service dog, Alpha, appear side-by-side in the yearbook. (Photo via fredericksburg.com) 
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