Paul Kitagaki Jr./pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Lukas Novak finds a quiet moment, holding his valedictorian medal and speech, as he gathers his thoughts before the start of the graduation ceremony at Folsom High School on Thursday. Lukas said his drive has been fueled by his desire to escape a challenging home life. In the fall, he begins his studies at Princeton University on a full scholarship.

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