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Homeless NC Teen Makes it to Harvard

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Christian Post — Dawn Loggins was abandoned by her drug-abusing parents and left homeless at age 15, and had no choice but to clean the floor of her North Carolina high school to make a living. But days before she graduated from the school last week, she received a letter from Harvard University saying she had been accepted.

“I’ll work two hours before school. And then I’ll go to school. And then I’ll come back and work two hours after school,” Dawn, who graduated from Burns High School in Cleveland County, N.C., last Thursday, told CBS News.

Dawn, 18, spent years in homes with little or no water and electricity with her drug dealer stepfather and unemployed mother. Her stepdad would often be arrested, and they would have to move from place to place. “Or my mom would use rent money to bail him out of jail,” she recalled. “There would be places where we lived where there wouldn’t be power and water for extended periods of time.”

When Dawn was at middle school, she would visit her grandmother often. But even her home had trash all over. “She never really explained to me like that it was important to shower, it was important to take care of yourself. So I would go months at a time without showering. I would wear the same dress to school for months at a time.”

Other students began to call her ugly and would tease boys saying she had a crush on them. She would go home every day and just cry.

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