- A homeless boy from Florida, Martin Folsom, finished from high school as the valedictorian of his class
- The 18-year-old boy was also very charismatic as he served as the president of the class from his freshman to senior year
- Folsom plans to attend Valdosta State University in Georgia to study accounting and finance
Martin Folsom, an 18-year old high school senior student from Florida, graduated as valedictorian of his class despite the challenges of being homeless over the years.
A report sighted by Legit.ng on Blacknews.com indicates that Folsom graduated from A. Philip Randolph Career Academies in Jacksonville.
It is also reported that apart from just excelling in academics, Folsom was also very charismatic as he served as the president of the class from his freshman to senior year and was the pillar his mates leaned on for advice and more despite his homelessness.
Speaking about his achievement, Folsom indicated that he has had the passion to excel regardless of all the hurdles and he is excited to realize that all the efforts he made were worth it.
In Folsom's own words, “It’s been a rocky road, a lot of hardships. But seeing myself now about to graduate, about to go to college - it feels good knowing all the stuff I’ve done was worth it.”
Moreover, Folsom plans to attend Valdosta State University in Georgia to study accounting and finance. He is apparently the first one in their family to enter college.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian lady, Chika Stacy Oriuwa, made the nation really proud as she graduated from the University of Toronto (UT) school and became a doctor. Oriuwa was the only black student out of a class of 259 students when she enrolled at UT in 2016.
On Tuesday, June 2, the student did not only graduate as the best student but was the school's valedictorian, making her the second black person to have that feat since the inception of the school. She was the first black student in 14 years with the honour.
In 1992, Dr Kristine Whiteheads, a present practitioner in Ottawa, was the first black individual with the honour.
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