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Seventeen-year-old Miguel Martinez receives his Robertson High School diploma on Tuesday afternoon from Superintendent Kelt Cooper at the Las Vegas City School district’s board room.
College Bound

Eager to get on with his life, Miguel Martinez was on the verge of dropping out of Robertson High School.

When Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper heard about the 17-year-old’s plans, he interceded, offering the high school junior a better alternative.

Contrary to what one might think, Miguel was actually a good student with a respectable grade point average who was on track to earn his diploma in a year. But Miguel wanted to leave his high school years behind and start his life.