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Mary Richards, KSL NewsradioGraduation day is more special today for a young man from Copper Hills High School who has overcome huge odds. His mother recently died, and he's been supporting his family while only in high school.
Karl Lutz poses in his blue cap and gown, his dad Neil smiles beside him.
Karl has come miles from his sophomore year. That year, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and his brother was sent to Iraq.
He suffered in school until a loving girlfriend stepped in. Karl says, "She promised my mom that she would help me graduate. She really kicked my butt into gear." Karl now has almost a 3.8 GPA, while working many hours to help his disabled father.
He's going to USU, and though his mother died last November, he knows she's watching him today.