Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida student graduated as his class valedictorian despite the hardships of being homeless.

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Overcoming obstacles is just what A. Philip Randolph senior Martin Folsom does. Despite living in shelters with his mom, Folsom finished top of his class.

Folsom was valedictorian — and while he didn’t get to walk across the stage due to the pandemic, his accomplishments could never be taken away.

“It means a lot,” Folsom told WJAX. “It kind of gives me a sense of all that all I’ve done and all I’ve accomplished is worth it.”

He plans to attend Valdosta State and hopes to later work for the FBI.