A Maryland high school student's senior class reportedly raised money for his mother to visit the U.S. from Nigeria so she can see her son graduate.
Michael Tertsea is originally from Nigeria, according to WMAR. He left his family in Nigeria to study and play basketball at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland.
His mother says she is thankful for her son's success. She said she did not recognize him upon meeting him, as they had not seen each other in four years. She said he "is big, bigger, too big…I didn’t recognize him he was so big and he put on weight."
His class initially came up a few hundred dollars short of the necessary cost for the plane ticket, but Michael's coaches and teachers made up the difference within an hour.
In September 2015, Tertsea, a well-known basketball player in the Baltimore Catholic League, said that he would be attending the University of Rhode Island and would continue to play basketball. Other colleges that tried to recruit Tertsea included La Salle and George Washington, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Tertsea said that his family in Nigeria was supportive of his decision, and that he is likely planning to major in economics or business management.