Graduating from high school is a major milestone in any teenager’s life, but one Atlanta girl overcame major adversity to get there.

Chelesa Fearce beat all odds and did not let the difficulties of being homeless stop her from graduating as the valedictorian of her class.

The 17-year-old student will graduate from Charles Drew High School in Atlanta with the highest honors.

Fearce and her family were in and out of shelters and often times lived out of their car when they could afford one.

 

“I would have to just open my book in the dark and use a cell phone light, and do what I had to do,” Fearce told Channel 2 Action.

This week she graduates with a 4.466 GAP and a 1900 on her SATs. Her hard work has even earned her some college credits. When she beings Spellman College in September she will start as a junior.

Fearce’s mother read to her children a lot, took them took the library and put a large emphasis on education.

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

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