Homeless Student Graduates With Honors

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Despite being homeless, a Georgia teenager has graduated high school as a valedictorian.
Through much of her high school career, Chelesa Fearce, of Clayton County, lacked a home where she could do her homework. Instead she studied in shelters, her mother’s car and the occasional apartment her family of five was able to use for brief periods. But the young woman says her struggles helped make her stronger.
As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Chelsea’s mother influenced her tremendously, reading to her children and reminding them that everything was “a learning experience.”
Chelesa, who graduated with a 4.466 GPA, said there were times when she used her cell phone as a light to read her school books. She also had to cope with hunger.
“You just have to deal with it,” she said.
The teen, who scored a 1900 on her SAT, will enter college as a junior due to her high number of AP credits.She will be attending Spelman College, in Atlanta, in the fall.
She has high hopes of becoming an oncologist one day.
“Do what you have to do right now so that you can have the future that you want,” she said.

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