NEW YORK (WABC) -- A high school senior in Manhattan is making the most of his mother's hard work to make his future brighter.
There was a celebration at Democracy Prep Harlem High School when Winston Perez found out he was accepted at Cornell University.
It's a dream his mother has had for him since he was little, when she moved to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, leaving her son behind so she could establish a life.
Winston moved to the U.S. when he was 9 years old.
Now, nearly a decade later, he's showing how hard work has paid off.
He plans to study architecture at Cornell, after his mom helped him build his dream.
High school senior in Harlem celebrates Cornell acceptance