Never Give Up: The Homeless Teen Who Is Graduating the Head of the Class

Valedictorian at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida, with a message of hope, "Never give up."
2:09 | 05/29/14

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Transcript for Never Give Up: The Homeless Teen Who Is Graduating the Head of the Class
Press America we're hearing huge cheers for the class of 24 team. But a remarkable teenager will graduate as valedictorian. Homeless -- full of hope. Never missing an assignment so what did he say to himself ABC's Steve -- Tommy tells us about the teen who is America strong. When Griffin for a long gets ready for school every morning he never wakes up in his own -- are you homeless now. Technically I am homeless it was about two months ago. Me and my dad we are living together and we couldn't afford to live that the place that we were staying. Which makes today even more remarkable this young man with so little in this world was practicing the speech he'll give next week. At its high school's graduation where he. Is the valedictorian. I perform the way I do in the classroom because I had everything always. He and his family have been homeless for twelve years ever since cancer stole the life of -- mother they've lived in shelters and on -- couches. There's one night in the hotel -- -- just laying in the bed and are starving. I didn't have anything to -- And -- school. And you. Like there's nothing I can do about it. Most of his teachers say they never knew until now. Griffin is the only student that has never missed an -- it. He graduates with perfect grades heading to Florida State but he's not doing this alone friends -- nearly 40000 dollars to help them pay for college and the university now says it will help to his girlfriend's family gave him a room last month. He's not defined by what happen to happen. On the back of his baseball cap -- he writes never give up so he never forgets. I just wanna show that anyone can do it. No matter the matter what you -- him and never -- a little I think that again. Com and do everything -- because I don't want to live like. So Griffin for -- -- we congratulate you. You are truly America strong Steve -- and Sami ABC news Jacksonville Florida.

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