A Tennessee teen balanced new parenthood, earning her high school diploma and becoming valedictorian — all while earning more than $1 million in scholarships as she prepares for the next steps in her education.
According to WREG, Lamyrical Harris of Trezevant High School scored acceptance letters to more than two dozen colleges and graduated with honors when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma this year. While the talented teen has always been a hard worker, she had extra motivation to succeed after finding out she was pregnant during her junior year.
“I was scared,” Harris told the news station. “It just made me go 10 times harder.”
As she continued to study and earn good grades, Harris applied for scholarships and had earned $200,000 by the end that academic year.
“She came to school. She took care of business and her motivation has been her child,” Trezevant High School Assistant Principal Yolanda Sherrod told WREG.
By the start of her senior year, she had hit a whopping $500,000, with no signs of slowing down. At graduation, Harris surpassed the million-dollar mark, and the school commended her in a post on their Facebook page.
“We have our first MILLION DOLLAR SCHOLAR in Trezevant history,” the school wrote on May 19. “Our valedictorian, Lamyrical Harris, has been offered a total of $1,244,298 in ACADEMIC scholarships, making her our first to receive this honor.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Jason Duaine Hahn