Student defies incredible odds to graduate at top of her class

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- A student overcomes incredible odds to become the school valedictorian.

According to WUSA, Rashema Melson graduated at the top of her class at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C., despite having no place to call home.

She and her mother and brothers have been living at a homeless shelter for the past two years.

Rashema's dad was killed when she was just a baby; her childhood was spent going from apartment to apartment.

Rashema told WUSA that there were plenty of moments of doubt. "I started to give up, but then God gave me a sign that He wasn't putting me through this to punish me, but to show others how to be resilient and persistent in the goals of life."

Now, Rashema has a permanent home: She'll be going to Georgetown University on a full scholarship.

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