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Teenage Mom graduates valedictorian, with over a million dollars in scholarships

by | Jun 17, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

Lamyrical Harris

Over the weekend a young woman I think of as my fourth daughter received her richly deserved college degree. Her journey took many twists, many turns, and many years but now she has her degree. Her will to overcome was and is indomitable.

I instantly thought of her when I read a story about Lamyrical Harris that appeared in People Magazine. Only Ms. Harris’s story is even more amazing.

A graduate of Trezevant High School in North Memphis, Tennessee, Lamyrical Harris “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 People Magazine.

The high school’s Facebook page proudly reported:

BREAKING NEWS! We have our first MILLION DOLLAR SCHOLAR in Trezevant history. Our valedictorian, Lamyrical Harris, has been offered a total of $1,244,298 in ACADEMIC scholarships, making her our first to receive this honor. While we’ve had some amazing athletes throughout Trezevant history, she is the first to earn this amount solely in academic scholarships.

People’s Jason Duaine Hahn reported that “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 [WREG]. “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.

Tucked away in the story is a reminder of how important it is to have motivators and encouragers in such a stressful situation. There were times after having Laderrious Moore that Harris could barely walk “but a teacher helped her to stay focused.”

With all these offers, she has not decided which school she will attend. What she does know for sure what she wants someday for his son: “I want him to be valedictorian of his class, and I want him to have over a million dollars in scholarships,” Harris said.

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