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Thrown off track after uncle’s death, Santa Fe High student turns life around, is set to graduate

Sarah Halasz-GrahamMay 23, 2019

During his first year and a half of high school, Isaiah Romero fell in with a bad crowd.

The now-17-year-old Santa Fe High School senior said he skipped his classes, jumped fences, smoked marijuana and received failing grades. He wanted to succeed, but life, he said, felt like a bit too much to handle.

Around the start of Romero’s ninth-grade year, his beloved Uncle Nick fell into a life of drugs in Albuquerque, where he later died of a gunshot wound. Romero’s father worked long hours, his mother had never been in the picture and Uncle Nick, a barber, had served as a sort of surrogate parent.

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