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Diplomas for 2 generations: Woman earns GED two months after daughters high school graduation
Both women overcame obstacles to continue their education
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Blanca de Jesus Ruiz Lopez walks in the procession to kick off a GED graduation ceremony Saturday in Gainesville. After moving to the United States from Honduras more than 10 years ago, Lopez earned her GED shortly after her daughter Astrid Torres graduated from Johnson High School. - photo by David Barnes
In May, Blanca de Jesus Ruiz Lopez enjoyed an opportunity most parents look forward to for years — watching her daughter, Astrid Torres, walk across the stage to receive her high school diploma. “I was almost crying when I saw her on the stage,” Ruiz said of the Johnson High School graduation at Free Chapel. “I am very proud of her because she’s a very strong kid.”