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Homeless student graduates top of her class; gets full ride scholarship

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Rashema Melson graduated Anacostia High School top of her class. Rashema Melson graduated Anacostia High School top of her class.
Washington D.C. - A homeless Washington DC high school student overcame incredible odds to graduate at the top of her class. Now she has a permanent home: on a full ride.

Rashema Melson graduated Anacostia High School after enduring a difficult childhood. Her father was killed when she was 7 months old and she spent her childhood bouncing around from apartment to apartment.

For the last 2 years, she has lived with her mother and two brothers in a single room at the DC General Homeless Shelter.

Melson graduated as her class valedictorian and received a full ride scholarship from Georgetown University.

She admits there were plenty of moments of doubt.

"I started to give up. but then God gave me a sign that He wasn't putting me through this to punish me but to show others how to be resilient and persistent in the goals of life. Throughout my journey here I have learned that time does not wait... Life is not fair."

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