Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dropouts Return to Get Diplomas.(Journal North)

Byline: Angela Turner Journal Staff Writer

* SFHS graduates clear many hurdles

Between high school and a new baby, new Santa Fe High graduate Melcar Mahkee once had more homework than he could handle.

"My son was born. I was living with my girlfriend," he said Thursday, recalling his decision to quit school. "I had to put food on the table. I was the only source of income, so that's why I quit."

But Mahkee, 20, made his status as high school dropout a temporary condition. He eventually returned to school and was able to don a navy blue cap and gown and walk on stage Thursday night with his classmates to get his diploma.

Gov. Bill Richardson gave the keynote address at Santa Fe High's commencement, telling students nothing is more important in their development than education. …

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