Homeless Teen Graduates As High School Valedictorian, Will Enter Spelman As College Junior In Fall

Source: Yesha Callahan / Clutch Magazine

Chelesa Fearce is a shining example of a student that didn’t let obstacles get in her way when it came to her education. You see, during most of Chelesa’s high school career she was homeless and living in her mother’s car. Chelesa, a senior at Charles Drew High School in Clayton County, Georgia, knew that her hard work would pay off, despite the obstacles presented to her.

“I just told myself to keep working, because the future will not be like this anymore,” Fearce said. “You’re worried about your home life and then worried at school. Worry about being a little hungry sometimes, go hungry sometimes. You just have to deal with is. You eat what you can, when you can.”

Although her family occasionally lived in an apartment, because of her mother’s lay-offs, they took refuge in shelters.

None of that stopped Chelesa from achieving a 4.466 GPA and a 1900 SAT score. On top of her regular high school course load, Chelesa was able to enroll in college courses during her last two years of high school. When she enters Spelman in the fall, she will do so as a college junior.

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  • Maurice Bates

    Mr. Roland Martin… Man my heart was touched in a major way by this story of Chelesa Fearce. I’d certainly like some info on how I can personally be a blessing to this young lady.

  • This is why we need to teach ALL THE CHILDREN WELL and not just those that can afford to educate the kids..

    The next Einstein could be living in our ghettos.

  • God Bless her. she deserves all the credit in the world. I truly hope she goes and makes something out of herself. She certainly has the will to.

  • Glen

    She is a true inspiration for all, not only just students. Everyone can learn something from this.