‘It’s your decisions that define who you are, not your situation,’ emphasizes high school graduate Fred Dukes.
To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna – Revelations 2:17
It was two full years of trials and tribulations for Fred Dukes, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, in Atlanta. While many kids his age struggle with trying to graduate on time and maintaining acceptable grades, Fred had to overcome personal hardship just to be able to stay in school, where he wanted to be. Left homeless after his mother moved away to take a job in another state, Fred continued to go to classes even though he was receiving no support from his family. He stayed with friends, sold candy in the hallways at school to earn money, and continued to work hard on his studies. This past spring, he graduated with a 3.0 GPA and attended graduation with the rest of his classmates. Fred is truly a success story, despite nearly unbeatable odds.
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