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Student Surfs, Spends Time Following Dream
Student Surfs, Spends Time Following Dream

In January 2014, Parker Payne didn’t sit in a classroom. He didn’t work at a desk, and he didn’t listen to a teacher’s lecture.

Instead, the 14-year-old eighth-grader traveled to Florida from his hometown in Richardson, Texas, to surf.

Even with traveling, falling behind in school wasn’t a concern for Parker’s parents, Kristin and Mark. Rather than follow a traditional more…