Skip to comments.Homeless High School Student Inspires in Valedictory Address
Posted on 06/13/2014 10:16:15 AM PDT by grundle
Rashema Melson will begin her studies as a freshman at Georgetown University this fall after three years of living in a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter. And her tireless determination has paid off in the form of a full scholarship.
"It hasn't hit me yet, to be honest," she said today of the realization that high school has come to an end.
Melson, 18, says she has refused to let her familys misfortune define her. Not only is the teen a dedicated athlete, but she has also maintained a sterling academic record, delivering the valedictory address Wednesday at Anacostia High School.
Her speech celebrated the achievements of fellow classmates, but it also spoke to the hardships that she has endured. "I started to give up, she told them. But then God gave me a sign that he wasn't putting me through this to punish me, but to show others how to be resilient and persistent in the goals of life."
Melson has been living in the D.C. General Homeless Shelter in a single room that she shares with her mother and two brothers.Her determination evidently impressed the admissions office at Georgetown.
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Darn...and we tried so hard to keep her down too.
Come on white folks we gotta step up! One got by us rgardless of our best efforts to oppress her!
Good for her!
But then God gave me a sign that he wasn't putting me through this to punish me, but to show others how to be resilient and persistent in the goals of life."
She doesn't claim to be a victim. Strike Two.
.. and she wants to show others! Strike Three. She's outa here! Call D.C. and federal security forces! Here's another target practice for them.
Kids like her will ruin the entire welfare system! Send her back to the Projects immediately!
I understand all the previous comments as being sarcasm, and as per usual on FR, they are all insightful, funny, and focus on a very very real and important point, but let’s take a moment to congratulate a deserving young woman who proves the American Dream has always been achievable.
Exactly. Being ...uppity like that will lead to ...ideas. Thought of...equality and self reliance (shudder). That isn’t good. Where will Al get anyone to crap on and stuff in a bag? What if Jessie had no sword to hold over us?
Who does this chick think she is?
Absolutely. She deserves the highest praise there is to give because she definitely earned it.