Pregnant and Homeless in 8th Grade, Becomes Valedictorian
Trameka Pope is just graduating high school, but the valedictorian already has a remarkable life story to share.
Pope knew that none of that was true.
“I was told that God don’t make mistakes and he wouldn’t give anyone a child who wasn’t ready for one,” Pope told FOX 32 News in Chicago.
Now, Pope is more than a teenage mom graduating high school at the top of her class. She currently takes college prep courses at Kenney-King College before even heading to Phillips High School for the day, where she takes four classes, including AP calculus. She’s also a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society.
“I always said that I wanted to make change, and I wanted to be in the history books, and I started with myself,” she told FOX 32. “I didn’t give up. I pushed myself hard. And my baby motivated me every day because I wanted to provide for her, and I also didn’t want to be a statistic.”
Thanks to her hard work and help from those around her, Pope has received over $600,000 in scholarships. Her school counselors helped her apply to colleges. School staff members accompanied her to college tours. And her social worker, Dawn Jackson, taught her how to be a good mother.
“No matter what background you come from, it doesn’t matter if you have a child as a teen. No matter what people say about you, you can make it. And you can become something,” Jackson told FOX.