By CCSD staff
Photos by Roberto Taboada
Luke Nez, a recent graduate of Kirtland Central High School, graduated with his Associates degree from San Juan College before he received his high school diploma.
That is merely a detail. His dedication makes him stand out.
Like other students, Luke posts pictures on Instagram. He also likes to sculpt and draw in his free time. He says he listens to a variety of music and watches “Parks and Recreation.” He also finds inspiration by reading books about Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keefe. During the summer, he volunteers at Ojo Amarillo Elementary School. The rest of the time, he spends studying.
“I would go to high school early in the morning and in the afternoon, I was a full-time student at San Juan,” Luke stated.
His Kirtland Central High School counselor, Brian Joe, stated, “Luke is a great student. He always knew what he wanted to do. We just had to make sure his schedules worked out.”
Proud mother, Audrey Nez, stated, “I am just so proud that he set a goal for himself and he was able to accomplish it. He made tremendous sacrifices to do this and it means a lot to me because he was able to attain what he desired.”
She further stated that she “trusted him and never had to check on his progress.” She did not need to.
“My husband and all my kids were there to yell for him,” Ms. Nez stated.
Luke’s parents: Rick and Audrey Nez.
Mr. and Mrs. Nez attended Luke’s second graduation in the packed Bronco Arena last week when he received his high school diploma after attaining his Associate’s degree from San Juan College.
“We are just so proud of him," his mother, Audrey Nez, stated, “it is a wonderful feeling.”