Education

June 19, 2013

Modesto superintendent surprises former grad in Las Vegas with diploma

Aaron Felish, a 2005 Modesto High grad, met with Modesto City Schools Superintendent Pam Able in Las Vegas this month after she surprised him by presenting his high school diploma.

Aaron Felish, a 2005 Modesto High grad, met with Modesto City Schools Superintendent Pam Able in Las Vegas this month after she surprised him by presenting his high school diploma.

He never received it eight years ago, missing graduation because his mother was dying of cancer. Felish went on to join the Army, serving four years, and then enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s studying environmental science and will graduate in the fall.

Years ago, his girlfriend, Heather Enriquez, implored school officials to find the diploma, and they did — in the Modesto High counseling office.

The couple planned to drive to Modesto to pick it up, but Able surprised him by delivering it during her scheduled Las Vegas vacation.

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