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OC High School Student Walks After Spending Most of Life in Wheelchair

An Orange County high school student with cerebral palsy was walking Friday after spending most of his life in a wheelchair.

Octavio Nieto walks at Tesoro High School on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Octavio Nieto walks at Tesoro High School on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Octavio Nieto, a 17-year-old senior enrolled in a special needs program at Tesoro High School, decided he would begin using his walker at the school in order to earn "Tesoro dollars."

The dollars are given to students who accomplish their goals.

One day, Nieto was out on the track and saw a plane flying overhead.

He asked Kevin Corbett, one of his teachers, if the plane was a shooting star.

Corbett's aid responded that it wasn't, but asked Nieto why he wanted to know.

Nieto told them it was because he wanted to make a wish; that he could walk without his walker, Corbett said.

About two weeks ago, Nieto surprised everyone by walking a few steps on his own for the first time.

Neito's new goal is to walk at his graduation without any help from his walker.

Additional video contributed by Sydney Koch.

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