Through homelessness and physical disability, it would have been easy for Norberto Orellana to give up on his studies.
Instead, the 18-year old graduated from high school Thursday with a near-perfect GPA, a full ride scholarship and a goal to get into medical school.
On the last day of classes for Miami-Dade public schools, he flipped the graduation tassel on his cap along with a sea of classmates at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Multi-colored cords draped around his shoulders and shiny medals hanging from his neck announced all that he had accomplished in high school. His family cheered from the first row.