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Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaBuy PhotoJames "Bubba" Dukes plays with his daughter Nehemiah at the family's new apartment near Sam's Town on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The family fled their previous apartment after a neighbor was brutality murdered and their apartment was cleaned out by thieves. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review Journal)Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaGraduating Chaparral High School senior Jessica Suarez, left, is congratulated by Assistant Principal Ramona Esparza, center, and Velvette Williams, site coordinator for Communities in Schools during a senior class graduation event at the school on Friday, May 30, 2014. Suarez had multiple issues at home but she is planning on going to UNLV this fall. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review Journal)Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaChaparral High School student Jessica Suarez, second from left, during a senior class graduation event at the school on Friday, May 30, 2014. Suarez had multiple issues at home but will attend UNLV this fall. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review Journal)Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaMargret Cole holds her two month old granddaughter Nehemiah Dukes on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Cole is raising her daughter's children and her grandchild. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review Journal)Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaChaparral High School principal Dave Wilson sits in his office after viewing James "Bubba" Dukes proficiency scores on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Dukes will not be graduating from high school. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review Journal)Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaChaparral High School transition counselor secretary Loretta Tucker talks to James "Bubba" Dukes in outside the school's administrative office on Thursday, April 10,2014. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review Journal)Chaparral senior fights to keep dream of diplomaAs a Chaparral High School junior, James "Bubba" Dukes was a promising football player buffeted by personal crises as he fought to fulfill White Patent Leather Balindono his potential.The story of the student and the school is chronicled in a three part Las Vegas Review Journal series.Part 1: As a senior, his battle to graduate intensifies, mirroring Chaparral's own struggle to help students like Dukes succeed.Part 2:Many hands offer help to the Chaparral High School senior, a teen father reaching for a diploma that's his key to a football scholarship Purple Leather Big Kiss and his stepping stone out of poverty.Part 3:Graduating, always a long shot for Dukes, becomes even more unlikely. With less than three months to graduation, the football player hoping for an athletic scholarship is still short a year's worth of credits.Also, see this photo feature with images taken in 2012:With one swing of his fist, James "Bubba" Dukes knocks a student to the weight room floor.Hands clenched, the Chaparral High School senior stands over the stranger, who is unconscious and convulsing. The two faced off because the brawny North Las Vegas student at Chaparral in late March for a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps competition was harassing weightlifters, according to witnesses. Dukes asked him to be respectful, but the visitor called him a derogatory name and lunged at him."I made the wrong choice," says Dukes, who is charged with battery and must appear in court the week before commencement.Graduating, always a long shot for Dukes, is even more unlikely now. With less than three months to graduation, the football player hoping for an athletic scholarship is short a year's worth of credits.He is wrung out by a year of tortuous life twists and the effort to provide for his girlfriend and daughter, born two days before his senior year started. But Dukes recommitted to finishing school after a brief stint selling drugs. He wants to graduate for the sake of his larger family, which has been on the brink of homelessness for most of the school year.Dukes tells his five younger sisters, "If I can make it, and we fashionshoes.us.com all in the same house and we all going through the same stuff, you all can make it, too." He's in the habit of giving them each a dollar for good grades.Now, though, Dukes probably will be kicked out of Chaparral for brawling. What to do with Dukes is problematic for principal David Wilson. An expulsion would send Dukes to behavioral school, where the focus is on correcting discipline problems, not on graduating students."If I put him in behavioral school, he'd be lost forever," Wilson says of Dukes, a student he has guided and supported since becoming principal in 2011.Wilson's rule is expulsion for serious violence. One of his first acts as principal was to set a zero tolerance policy for fighting and drugs, an attempt to change the culture at Chaparral. Highway 95 and Flamingo Road, had a history of both www.fashionshoes.us.com when Wilson arrived with a $2.5 million federal grant in one pocket and the power to replace staff members in the other. His charge: Show a significant improvement in the 34 percent graduation rate and do it by 2014.The graduation rate has increased substantially under Wilson, but the school still struggles with students like Dukes, who face pitfalls such as truancy, drugs, criminal opportunities and their consequences.