He chose the race.
Instead of being salty about Myers' decision, Franklin principal Dr. Christina Cohlhepp decided to roll with the punches. After a suggestion from Denise Phipps, director of student support services and a friend of the Myers family, Cohlhepp embraced her student's decision.
After sending off 143 graduates into the world Sunday evening at the school's commencement ceremony, Cohlhepp raced, with Phipps to the raceway in order to personally deliver the 144th diploma to Myers who was just a few tenths of a point away from graduating with honors.
Myers, who has been racing since he was in kindergarten, had no idea this was going to happen.
McConnell asked Myers if he recognized anyone walking across the track and then Myers spotted Cohlhepp. "I know who that is," he said into the microphone and then told everyone it was his principal.
"I was confused when they kept saying 'she's coming.' I thought they meant my mom," Myers said.
"We didn't want you to miss your opportunity to receive your diploma tonight," Cohlhepp said.
"It was awesome that she (Cohlhepp) was willing to come out and do this," said Brandi Myers, Blaze's mom.
"It's not just one race. It's obviously important to him and his family," said Cohlhepp, who had one more request of Blaze - "I told him that he has to come in first."
Pictures and a story on Franklin's formal commencement is available here.
Jill Harry, Long-time reporter for the Derrick and News-Herald, contributed to this article.