High school track star overcomes controversy

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 4:43pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Track star Kamaria Brown overcame a controversial lawsuit with her old school and ended up with a full athletic scholarship.

It's been a tough couple of months for the high school track star. "We've been through a lot in a short amount of time, but we've pulled through it," says Brown.

Brown learned at the beginning of her senior year that she would not be allowed back to Baton Rouge High School because her GPA was too low. "It was tough for me, going to a school for three years and wanting to graduate there."

Brown's mother filed a lawsuit against the school system, but a district court judge sided with Baton Rouge Magnet. Brown became the new kid at McKinley Magnet High School her senior year. "They welcomed me with open arms," says Brown.

She worried that the lawsuit would hurt her chances at a scholarship. "They're going to think I don't have the correct grades and GPA, and I'm not academcially where I'm supposed to be," says Brown. Instead, schools from all over the country wanted her on their track team. In the end, she picked Texas A&M.

"It's a very loving school, and I think I'll be well taken care of," says Brown.

As for the lawsuit, her mother, Tomeka Robertson,  appealed the decision. "I haven't let it go," she says. "I'm never going to let it go." But she's trying for her daughter's sake. "We're moving on. Life goes on as they say."

Kamaria Brown says she has moved on. Her only regret is missing out on time with her old teammates. "We wish we could have done this together," says Brown of the signing. "They're still happy fo rme and I'm happy for them."

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