Extreme Home Makeover Grads

June 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Tuesday will be an emotional day for the Fresno family who received an Extreme Home Makeover. Two of the oldest Riojas daughters are graduating from high school.Monday night Mary Ann and her daughters Nicole and Victoria all have butterflies. Tuesday both will receive their diplomas; one from Bullard High the other Fresno High.

Nichole Riojas, like most high school seniors, has her priorities. French tip nails and blue toes for Bullard. "Cause I'm not trying to really think about it because I'm nervous cause it's coming out more and more. But tomorrow I know I'll probably cry and all my emotions will come out."

Her sister, Victoria, just 11 months younger can't wait to put on her purple cap and gown. "I was emotional when I found out I was gonna graduate, because I was like right there from not graduating but when I found out I let it all out. I started crying."

Monday night Mary Ann reminisced with her oldest girls. "They started school together and they are going to end school together."

Their graduation marks a huge milestone. Mary Ann is a single mother of four. She's endured many challenges during this long but rewarding journey. "As a parent you are doing homework with them late and going out and grabbing materials at the last minute because the school project is due tomorrow and they didn't tell you until today and just making sure they are to school on time and getting them to school."

The girls plan to celebrate with a big party. Then, after the summer, along with mom, all 3 will begin college. Plans to leave home are on hold indefinitely in part because of the extreme upgrade their home has undergone.

"At first, I was the one who said as soon as I graduate and as soon as I turn 18, I'm out, I'm outta here but it's like I really like living here now," said Victoria Riojas.

All 3 are wondering how attending college together will work out. Mom is more excited than the girls. They will all start out at Fresno City and then transfer to Fresno State where they have full scholarships.

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