Homeless teen graduates high school as valedictorian


Martin Folsom knows a thing or two about overcoming hardship and beating the odds.

As per Duval County Schools, Folsom spent a good part of his childhood homeless and living out of shelters with his mom. Did he let that impact upon his ambitions and dreams in school?

Not in the slightest.

In fact, Martin served as class president from his freshman year through to his senior year – he’s now set to graduate at the top of his class as valedictorian.

Folsom explained: “It’s been a rocky road, a lot of hardships. But seeing myself now about to graduate, about to go to college – it feels good knowing all the stuff I’ve done was worth it.”

Folsom, a senior at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies, is now planning to study accounting at Valdosta State.

He was set to walk across the stage last week for graduation, but sadly that was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“As far as I know I’m the first person in my family to actually get a college degree,” Folsom said.

Great job, Martin! It’s so great to see someone overcoming the hurdles in their path and really making something inspirational of their lives.

We wish you all the very best in the future! You’ve certainly got a bright future ahead of you.

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