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18-year-old homeless boy becomes school’s best student, gains admission to US university

CURSORY : An 18 year old boy has emerged best student in his school,beating all his colleagues despite being homeless since he was a kid.

A phenomenal 18-year-old boy named Martin Folsom has come out as the best student of the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States despite being homeless since he was a child.

Martin Folsom lived in a shelter alongside his mom, Melva and despite the challenges he faced, he managed to keep his focus on his studies and his efforts paid off when he was named his class’ valedictorian with a 4.06 GPA.

Folsom in a video interview shared by KTRK said:

“It kind of gave me a jolt in my chest a little bit, so it was a good feeling. It means a lot and it gives me a sense of all I’ve done and all I have accomplished was worth it.”

Folsom and his mother became homeless after they ran out of their home away from Melva’s ex-husband has since been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder, WJTV reported.

They become homeless severally including when he was in 9th grade and again in 11th grade. During that time, Melva recalled desperately searching for a place to live with her son.

“Martin and I were in downtown McDonald’s and literally had nowhere to go. I was on the phone calling people, calling organizations, and by the grace of God, we got into a shelter that day,” Melva narrated.

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