This story really got my attention because I knew a couple of kids in high school with the same story. It really shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Griffin Furlong lost his mother to cancer when he was just six years old. He grew up in various homeless shelters, never being able to invite his friends over; he couldn’t take the same bus, and he was even picked on by some of the kids. Yet, at the end of high school, he graduated with a 4.65 GPA, a perfect score. No one knew this, though, at least not until his valedictorian speech. In it, he said:
I perform the way I do in the classroom because I have everything to lose.