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ATLANTA -- 11Alive's Class Notes looks at two major events this weekend -- students walking to raise money for diabetes research and a former teacher who will become a Roman Catholic Priest.

Students at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School step out to help a disease that hits close to home with many of their peers.

"I wasn't feeling too well and they ran a few tests and that was the first time that I found out I had diabetes," said Andrew, a senior at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. "I have type 1 diabetes."

Andrew and five other students, all in different grade levels, share the stories of how they first learned they had juvenile diabetes in a video to promote involvement in the Walk For A Cure sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

RELATED |Watch the full JDRF video

HIES is on track to become the top-grossing Walk For A Cure school in the nation. Last year, the HIES Team raised $40,000 for JDRF.

"Diabetes is a part of my life, but it's not my life," said Will, an eighth grader. "It doesn't define who I am."

The JDRF Walk For A Cure 2012 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. at Centennial Olympic Park.

In 2006, 11Alive honored Diane Dougherty as a Class Act Winner for her extraordinary dedication to the children in her second grade classroom at Hood Avenue Elementary in Fayette County.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, Dougherty, who now lives in Newnan,will be ordained a priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

RELATED | More about Roman Catholic Women Priests

The ceremony will take place at First Metropolitan Community Church in Atlanta - where other women will also become Roman Catholic women deacons.

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