Homeless Jacksonville teen graduates as valedictorian

JACKSONVILLE, FL (WFLX) - The Jacksonville teen who received national exposure for becoming a valedictorian while growing up homeless, walked across the stage Wednesday to get his high school diploma. Griffin Furlong gave his valedictorian speech where he shared his past of losing his mother to cancer and living in a homeless shelter for two years.

He told his classmates that they have to work for what they want. "Never give up cause there is someone out there in this world that is working harder than you trying to reach the same goals you set. No one is going to hand you success. You have to go out and do it yourself."

Since his story was first told, pledges of nearly $25,000 have been collected to help Griffin with his college expenses at Florida State University.

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