Homeless Florida Teen With 4.65 GPA Named Class Valedictorian [Video]
Wow! Such an impeccable story, not to mention motivating! Huge congrats to Florida teen, Griffin Furlong (18) on surpassing the statistics, and excelling in school regardless of his personal disadvantages. NY Daily News reports; Life has never been simple or easy for 18-year-old Griffin Furlong. He was 6 when his mother died of leukemia. He was 8 when he, his father and his brother were finally able to move out of a homeless shelter in Kentucky after two long years.
He was in sixth grade when the beleaguered family moved to Jacksonville, Fla. It was not out of the ordinary to go to bed hungry. “At some points I wanted to quit,” said Furlong, who also is now valedictorian of his high school graduating class, according to station WPTV. “It was horrible. A kid should not have to go through that.” His GPA is 4.65. A month ago, his family again lost their home. The mother of Furlong’s girlfriend put him up for three weeks. He’s now staying with an aunt and uncle.
Through all his trials, Furlong didn’t miss school or baseball practice. “I try to accomplish everything i need to do. I know that I have everything to lose,” he told the station. “So I just push myself. School is all I have. Family is all I have. I am doing it all for me and what I have been through. I am doing it for my mom,” Furlong said. Teacher Jennifer Stover wrote him a recommendation letter to Florida State University, where he wants to study civil engineering.
She described him as “the hardest working, most motivated student I have ever had,” she said.
But Furlong doesn’t have enough money to cover tuition and living expenses. He has a few grants based on financial need, he said. But it’s nowhere near enough to pay for a college education. He has applied for scholarships but hasn’t heard back yet.
The secret, he says, to his hard-fought successes in life are the three words he writes in every baseball cap he has ever owned:
“Never give up.”
Source: NY Daily News