11/25/2011 12:51 pm ET

Keana Berkhalter: Abandoned Teen Gets Taken In By Basketball Coach

As reported by, 17-year-old Keana Berkhalter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a lot to be thankful for this year. The "basketball wizard" at Washington High School was abandoned by her parents at Thanksgiving last year, which in turn led to slipping grades and an eventual breakdown in basketball practice, where she confessed her situation to her coach. He said, "I told her now that you're here in Washington, we're family. We don't abandon our kids." He and his wife decided to take Keana into their home, and in only one year, her grades have shot back up and she is now her class valedictorian.