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Meet The Homeless High School Student Who Just Graduated Top Of His Class

Written by Hillary Nguyen-Don
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High school is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Things are smooth sailing at first, but once you hit senior year then things start to get a little hectic. Filling out college applications, thinking about your future, and getting ready for prom, these are just a few of the stressful things you have to do in your last year of high school.

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But for Liyjon DeSilva, prom was the least of his worries. The recent high school senior had other things on his mind. When he was just five years old, his mother died and he spent years living with different relatives. But he was eventually abandoned by his family members and was forced to live on the street.

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DeSilva spent many of his nights sleeping in parking lots and on park benches. Although he spent years without a home, he never considered missing school. ‘What else am I supposed to do? It was either be that or a low life, I could have thrown everything away,’ he said in an interview with KTLA. ‘I have a chance, why not just keep going?’

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After three years of sleeping on the streets, a staff member working at his school, Margaret Long Wisdom High School, noticed what was going on. Upon learning the news, Principal Jonathan N. Trinh and other staff members decided to help out the student.

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DeSilva spent many of his nights sleeping in parking lots and on park benches. Although he spent years without a home, he never considered missing school. ‘What else am I supposed to do? It was either be that or a low life, I could have thrown everything away,’ he said in an interview with KTLA. ‘I have a chance, why not just keep going?’

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After three years of sleeping on the streets, a staff member working at his school, Margaret Long Wisdom High School, noticed what was going on. Upon learning the news, Principal Jonathan N. Trinh and other staff members decided to help out the student.

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Click on the ‘NEXT PAGE’ button to learn more about his life story in a video on the following page. What would you do if you were kicked out of your home while you were in high school? Let us know in the comments below and SHARE this with your Facebook friends.

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