LAS VEGAS -- Five hundred high school students had an early graduation celebration with Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones.
The students were at risk teens in danger of not getting a high school diploma. Last year, Jones targeted thousands of students who were not on track to graduate. Thursday, he honored hundreds of seniors who heeded the wake up call and finished high school.
Students from 10 different high schools had brunch with the superintendent inside a ballroom at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
"It feels special. It feels good to be celebrated for once, especially because Western has such a bad reputation," said Carlos Silva, a Western High School senior.
He gave up on his education after his parents divorced. Now, he's graduating and going to the College of Southern Nevada and focusing on the music program.
Earlier in the school year, the superintendent teamed up with principals, teachers and counselors who went door-to-door asking students to return to school. The district also offered online and after school programs with mentors monitoring student progress.