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8 on Your Side helps man retrieve school records

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LAS VEGAS - Angel Sanchez says he never thought he would find himself on a college campus.

“It's amazing. I've been praying for this,” he said. “This is definitely a miracle in itself.”

Sanchez says he never thought a college education was possible. He lost his parents as a child. After high school, he joined the Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Reagan.

Once he came home, addiction took over. His future looked bleak until he beat his addiction in 2009.

That's when he tried to make his dream of attending the College of Southern Nevada a reality. When he requested school records for his college application, however, his dream of higher education nearly ended.

“I mean, it was kind of like a complete shock,” he said.

The Clark County School District showed him as a high school drop out.

“It just completely set my head into a frenzy, and (I) kind of chalked it up as a lost cause for a little while,” he said.

CCSD records showed Sanchez dropped out of Chaparral High School, but he says he finished his credits at Cowan Sunset Southeast High. He says he received a diploma, but he lost it.

The school district had no record of his graduation. Not knowing where to turn, Sanchez reached out to 8 on Your Side.

8 on Your Side discovered all he had to do was provide proof of the classes he took at Cowan Sunset. Once he obtained the proof, CCSD added his classes to his record. The school district gave him a new diploma and a new lease on life.

Now, Sanchez is set to start college classes August 25th. He hopes to earn a degree in applied sciences, so he can help others. He says he wouldn't be where he is today if not for the help of other people.

“I've been in positions where I've needed help in the past,” he said. “So, I just figured my best way to pay back my debt to society is to be of service.”

Thanks to 8 on Your Side, he can make that dream a reality.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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