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... conclusion, adversity can be found in many forms. In June 2014, Griffin Furlong graduated valedictorian of his Florida high school class. Furlong lost his mother to cancer at the age of six. At the age of seven, Furlong, his father, and his brother began living in and out of homeless shelters and at times went without eating. Although Furlong was living in a homeless shelter at the time he graduated, most of his classmates had no idea that he had ever even been homeless. Furlong acknowledges his good grades are not simply from being smart but from the drive of knowing he has nothing and must look to the future. Furlong credits his drive with the realization that education would be his way out of poverty and stated he knew he could never give up. Everyone must face some form of adversity at some point in life and that adversity can be overcome with the right means.
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