TENNESSEE (CNN) — Valedictorian, acceptance into more than two dozen colleges and more than $1 million in scholarships. That’s an impressive list of accomplishments for any student, but one Tennessee student achieved it all while juggling the responsibilities of motherhood.
A picture on Trezevant High School’s Facebook page was shared and liked thousands of times, but there is a story behind Lamyrical Harris’ smile.
Buried beneath the more than $1 million in scholarships, there’s a driving force that kept her focused.
“She came to school. She took care of business and her motivation has been her child,” said Assistant Principal Yolanda Sherrod.
Harris found out she was pregnant her junior year.
“I was so scared,” she said.
She decided to keep on working on the goals she walked into the school with her freshman year.
“It just made me go 10 times harder,” Harris said.
That meant after her son Laderrious Moore was born, working extra hard to make all a’s and stack up scholarships and earn the distinction of valedictorian of her class.
“I want him to be valedictorian of his class and I want him to have over a million dollars in scholarships,” Harris said.
This graduate says after having her son, there were times she could barely walk.
But teachers stayed in touch and helped her to keep her eyes on the prize.
“At the end of junior year I had 200,000. By the time I hit senior year, I was at 500,000,” Harris said.
Slowing, but surely the scholarships just kept piling in.
“At the end of senior year it was over 600,000,” Harris said.
Then the big finish just days before she crossed the stage to graduate. she found out she’d earned more than $1 million in scholarships.
“Everything we give her to do, she wants to do so her child sees ‘hey my mom went through all these obstacles but she still pushed through and she was still successful,’” Sherrod said.
As she prepares to head off to college and celebrate her son’s first birthday, there’s plenty to reflect on.
And one thing is certain: This isn’t it for Harris.
“We are going to see more of a Lamyrical in the future. I have no doubt about it that we’re going to see a successful Lamyrical Harris,” she said.
Harris is still deciding where she wants to go to college.
She’s got more than 25 schools to choose from.
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