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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The father of an Oklahoma valedictorian says the school is withholding his daughter's graduation diploma because she used the word "hell" during her valedictory speech.

David Nootbaar (NOOT'-bahr) said Monday that his daughter Kaitlin inadvertently said she didn't know what the "hell" she wanted to become during her speech at the May graduation ceremony at Prague (prayg) High School.

Nootbaar said his daughter intended to use the word heck.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new end-of-year testing that's required for Oklahoma high school students to graduate has kept about 2,000 seniors from getting their diplomas, even though they've passed all their classes. The class of 2012 is the first class required to meet the new requirements, which stipulate that students have to pass at least four of seven end-of-year exams. The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/e0tJPr ) that students who were denied their diplomas can appeal, but the process can take more than two months.