05/22/13 - 7:37am
As the group of 35 Kenai Alternative High School graduates paused for photos, the voice coming through the loudspeakers told them to give the yellow rose they had just received with their diplomas to the person who helped them the most.
For Eugene Maestas that was his mother Pearl, who he hugged with a big smile. The 19-year-old is the first in his family to graduate from high school, Pearl said.
“He’s the only one who walked, so this means a lot,” she said holding her rose. “We’re really, really proud of him.”