Refujio Jesus Montenegro is happy to have graduated high school, but he said he isn’t ready to stop working.
Montenegro, 18, and the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 2019 crossed the Mid-America Center stage to receive their diplomas yesterday. It was the last commencement of the season for the Council Bluffs Community School District. Following the ceremony, Montenegro and his fellow Yellowjacket graduates were swarmed by friends and family to congratulate them. Montenegro said the journey to graduation wasn’t always easy, but he made it and he couldn’t be happier.
“It feels amazing,” he said while surrounded by proud family members. “It’s life-changing. It was difficult at times and there were times when I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I did.”
Montenegro said he plans to attend Metropolitan Community College in Omaha to study automotive technology. He wants to start a career as soon as possible and he said he will achieve it by going to a trade school. He said he’s been fascinated with cars for as long as he can remember and loves seeing what makes them go.
“It’s just so interesting, seeing everything that makes a car move,” he said.
Montenegro said he doesn’t have many grand summer plans, just working and saving money for his future.
“Money matters more from now on,” he said.
Look for Nonpareil photo coverage of the T.J. commencement in Tuesday’s paper.