A Chicago teen overcame a pregnancy in the 8th grade, homelessness and hearing a teacher tell her she “was a waste of time” to become the valedictorian of her high school class.
Trameka Pope began her freshman year at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois within days of giving birth to a baby girl, WFLD-TV reported.
Despite having to deal with the trials of being a teen mom, being homeless at one point during grade school and being told by one of her teachers that she wouldn’t “amount to anything,” Pope worked hard to eventually become a member of the National Honor Society and graduate first in her class.
On top of that accomplishment, Pope is a cheerleader and took college classes at Kennedy-King College while still in high school. She also works two part time jobs, and is an inspiration to many.
The hard-working and head strong young lady comes from an area where the unemployment rate is 25 percent yet managed to succeed above all odds.
She will attend Western Illinois University in Macomb on a scholarship next fall, after getting accepted in nearly 27 different colleges.
Kudos to her!
Hear from Pope in her own words: