(WHBC) – After years of being overweight, a local high school student took matters into his own hands and is now an inspiration to others.

Michael Watson, a senior at McKinley High School, said enough was enough and he starting eating healthier and exercising.

And we’re not just talking about a few laps around a track, Michael walked to school every day, in rain, snow and other various Ohio weather conditions, his sophomore, junior and senior year.

And now he’s looking forward to his upcoming graduation a proud 115 pounds lighter.

The school and district say they couldn’t be more proud of Michael’s perseverance.