Don't X Me Out: Homeless teen graduates as valedictorian of high school class

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By Michael Blaustein | New York Post

She may have lacked a home, but now this teen has top honors.

052313-homeless-graduates-JC6A 17-year-old student who spent much of high school living bouncing around homeless shelters — and sometimes sleeping in her car — today graduated as valedictorian of her class at Charles Drew High School in Clayton County, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. Chelsea Fearce, who held a 4.466 GPA and scored 1900 on her SATs despite having to use her cellphone to study after the shelter lights were turned off at night,

“I know I have been made stronger. I was homeless. My family slept on mats on the floor and we were lucky if we got more than one full meal a day. Getting a shower, food and clean clothes was an everyday struggle,” Fearce said in a speech she gave at her graduation ceremony. Fearce overcame her day-to-day struggles by focusing on a better day.

“I just told myself to keep working, because the future will not be like this anymore,” she told WSBTV.

One of five children, Fearce’s family sometimes had an apartment to live in, but at other times had to live in homeless shelters or even out of their car, if they had one.

“You’re worried about your home life and then worried at school. Worry about being a little hungry sometimes, go hungry sometimes. You just have to deal with it. You eat what you can, when you can.”

Miraculously, Fearce overcame the odds and even tested high enough to enroll in college classes half way through her high school career. She starts college next year at Spelman College as a junior where she is planning to study biology, pre-med.

“Don’t give up. Do what you have to do right now so that you can have the future that you want,” Fearce said.

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10 Comments on “Don't X Me Out: Homeless teen graduates as valedictorian of high school class”

  1. DWATCH

    Another encouraging and great case proving what a focused mind can achieve.

    Don’t know the young lady’s spiritual beliefs but the scripture does teach,
    I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

    We must uphold that Christ must come first in our lives and it is important to note that education of any
    kind is important. We cannot do without the plumber, electrician, car mechanic etc. which are also useful skills
    and very important. So those hard working folks without college degrees must not feel inferior!
    Education is just part of our lives.

    How much more can the Born-again Christian achieve giving God the glory

  2. BEVJCOLLFROMTEX

    CONGRATS TO THIS WONDERFULLY, GIFTED, BLESSED, & HIGHLY-FAVORED YOUNG BLACK WOMAN. THIS IS TRULY AN INSPIRING & UPLIFTING STORY THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY STORIES THAT TEAR US DOWN WITH OLD STEREOTYPES AND THAT ARE SO UNFAIR. THIS YOUNG BLACK WOMAN CAN NOW BE LOOKED UPON AS A ROLE MODEL FOR OTHER BLACK GIRLS COMING BEHIND HER. I HOPE SHE HAS A LOT OF SUPPORT SURROUNDING HER; NOT ONLY HER PARENTS, BUT THE TEACHERS, STUDENTS, & ALL THAT MAYBE INCLUDED IN HER CIRCLE. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, CHELSEA, & MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND SHINE HIS LIGHT UPON YOU ALWAYS. REMEMBER, “WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”. THE SKIES THE LIMIT & THE WORLD IS YOURS, SO GIRL, GO ON AND GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Bonita

    Just came out of homelessness, still a struggle for my daughter with the constant knowing/ not knowing that this can happen again. It does affect the children; this young lady is very strong. God Bless her.

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