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Jose Carreno drills his Chinese class with some grammar questions. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

What he went through: Willmar grad looks back on the road to graduation that took him to Mexico and back


WILLMAR — Jose Noe Carreno will graduate this week with high honors from Willmar Senior High School.

While that’s no small accomplishment for any teenager, Carreno’s path to graduation has had its share of twists and turns. He’s grown from a frightened boy watching immigration agents shackle his mother to an 18-year-old high school student who has kept his grades up while working nearly full-time. And he’s heading off to college in the fall.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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