Washington, D.C., charter school's 39 members of class of 2012 all head to college

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NORTHEAST, D.C. (WUSA) -- Graduation is a proud moment for parents.

But the graduating class of Capital City Public Charter School should make the entire District proud because they are members of the first senior class to graduate at that school.

They've accomplished something even more remarkable.

The entire senior class has been accepted to college.
All 39 students are college-bound.
There are many firsts in this group.

Some are the first in their family to graduate college and even high school. That's the case for Nelson Cruz.

17-year-old Nelson has achieved more than his family could've imagined in his young life.

He spent part of his childhood in the Dominican Republic, where dreams don't always reach beyond the poor streets.

So it is no wonder that when the class chose him to speak, there would be a flood of emotion.

"I am so proud to be here." 

Nelson is the first of his family to graduate high school and like the majority of his classmates receiving a diploma, the first to go on to college.

It's an accomplishment for this group whose members have overcome many challenges. The majority were eligible for reduced or free meals.

Nelson's mother who only has a grade-school education understands what her sons achievement means to their family.

Dilicia Martinez is Nelson's mother, "I've been crying a lot."

Nelson graduates with a  3.3 grade point average and is heading to Ohio University to study film making. 

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