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Erick: Reengagement Spring 2019

When his mother lost her job during his sophomore year, Erick didn’t hesitate to become the provider. As the oldest of his siblings, he has always taken great pride in being a role model. He began a job in construction, often times working grueling 12 hour days in overwhelming conditions. His school work wasn’t any easier, but Erick was determined to complete his education while also caring for his family. During his junior year of high school Erick had the highest SAT score at Montbello Career and Technical High School. But at the peak of his academic career and budding professional career Erick had to leave school. Working and studying all day with little rest began to impact his personal life.

When Nakato met Erick a few weeks before the 2018/2019 school year began, he was as dedicated to finishing his diploma as he was when he first left school. Luckily he only needed a few classes to graduate however, he still needed to work and be in school full time. Within two weeks of starting school his attendance was low and he was at risk of being dismissed yet again from Montbello Career and Tech. Erick advocated for himself to enroll as a GED student. In the GED program he had more flexibility and was able to work during the day. One and a half months after he started his GED course, Erick had passed all his tests with flying colors. Due to his hard work, dedication, and integrity Erick graduated as the valedictorian of his class and spoke at the commencement ceremony in May. Erick is now working full time in a warehouse in Denver and hopes to open an automotive business one day.