When Jacie Buckner and Alexis Wills met in middle school, they didn’t know that a random encounter over ice cream would blossom into a life changing friendship.

Since meeting again at the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education (PAGE), the the quiet Jacie and the self-described “rebel” Alexis have bonded over school, fun sleepovers, and the deaths of their beloved grandfathers.

Fourteen-year-old Buckner of Laurel and 14-year-old Wills of Spring Creek shared their story in a collaborative “digital
story,” a short movie about their lives. Their story, “More than a Friendship,” was shown Tuesday, July 23, as part of the final
exhibition for the PAGE summer enrichment program.

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