He was living an uncomfortable life, but he concealed his troubles from everyone.
A high school is a place that’s loved and hated by different individuals. However, the value of a high school degree is enormous, regardless of someone’s viewpoint.
One of the numerous lessons learned by all students is that perseverance and hard effort are rewarded.
Everyone would agree that having an educational foundation is a good thing, even if other factors contribute to happiness outside merely accomplishing great things in life.
Being awarded valedictorian is among the most significant accomplishments one can make in their high school career.
But to do that, one needs to have a GPA between 3.9 and 4.0.
The majority of students are guilty of skipping a high school year.
It didn’t matter if it happened during our first year as we attempted to adapt to a heavier workload. In the third year, the social element of school education became an undue smokescreen. Or in our final year when the intense pressure became excessive.
However, suppose you are willing to be crowned valedictorian and don’t want to run into the danger of your scores falling. In that case, you cannot afford to take a day away from studying.
So, it seems reasonable to assume that only children who had the good fortune to raise under a stable family would even have the chance to get this distinguished title.
The protagonist of this story, Griffin Furlong, got crowned as a valedictorian and proved this opinion wrong.
Griffin’s lack of access to a secure and stable family environment makes him stand distinct from other valedictorians.
In reality, he and Griffin’s father have been experiencing homelessness and poverty for the past twelve years.
Griffin didn’t have a comfortable bedroom or even a comparable roof above his head for the entirety of his high school experience.
Being homeless prevents one from having a calm atmosphere where one can study.
Because of this, Griffin serves as such an example. He persisted in his goal of graduating despite all challenges and ultimately succeeded.
He was in the same place as the other graduates on graduation day. As if that weren’t already a noteworthy accomplishment, he was also awarded the class valedictorian and some others.
Considering his age, Griffin is a grown child. He didn’t elaborate when questioned how it felt to graduate as one of the best.
“I simply want to demonstrate that everyone can achieve it, regardless of past experiences. I don’t wish to lead that lifestyle ever again. Therefore, I work hard to change my future.”
Griffin’s tale serves as a warning not to evaluate someone just based on where they live. Who knows what brought them there?
However, even if you know, simply be content with what you’ve got and try to be of assistance.
When his mother tragically died of cancer, his dad could not continue paying for the home alone.
Griffin recalls having hardly anything to eat that evening and being famished while realizing he had school the following day.
It was stunning that teachers were unaware of his dreadful predicament.
Griffin, his little brother, and his father ultimately prevailed regardless of the difficulties they had to overcome. Griffin’s dad must be immensely pleased with his son, who has a bright future ahead of himself.