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Teen Overcomes Homelessness, Becomes World’s Most Inspiring Valedictorian

BY RELEVANT CURRENT May 24, 2013

For most of her high school years, Chelesa Fearce lived in homeless shelters, short-term apartments or even in a car with her mom and three siblings. But even though many nights she had to study using light from a cell phone, the 17-year-old will be graduating as her school’s valedictorian—she scored a 1900 on her SATs and is finishing school with a 4.466 GPA (which doesn’t even seem possible). The secret to overcoming challenges when things were tough? She told ABC News, “I would just pray. My mom, whenever we’re in that situation, she always finds a way out of it. So I would just tell myself, tomorrow it will not be like this, so take your time, do what you have to do now so that you get the future that you want tomorrow” …

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