From Homeless to Harvard for Two Amazing Teens

    One was abandoned by her parents and the other lived on the streets. Both are teens. Both just graduated from high school. Both are headed to Harvard. How did they do it?

    David Boone of Cleveland, Ohio graduated this year from high school. Before then, he’d been homeless after his family split up when he was younger. Pressured to join gangs, Boone was determined to create a better life for himself. He slept wherever he could and studied hard, and it paid off. After applying to 23 colleges, including Yale, Brown, Princeton and Penn, he was accepted to 22. He chose Harvard.

    This is his story.

    It wasn’t all fun and games. It was a lot of hard work and I just made it happen (David Boone,

    If Boone’s story isn’t enough to convince you that hard work pays off no matter what your circumstances, then consider Dawn Loggins of North Carolina.

    Loggins just recently graduated from high school after working there part-time as a custodian and attending as a student. She was constantly on the move, often residing in squalor without basic necessities and around drugs. Her mother and step-father were both out of work. Last summer, Loggins returned home from a highly-respected academic program that she’d been invited to attend, only to find her parents gone.

    Watch the clip below to learn more about her.

    I’ve been able to do so much with everything working against me. Imagine what I’ll be able to do when things are actually going like they should (Dawn Loggins).

    Both Boone and Loggins have demonstrated that determination and hard work can help you overcome adversity. They have also proven that your circumstances or your past don’t determine or dictate your future. You can be born with nothing, you can be tempted, abused and abandoned, but you can overcome it all and you can succeed.

    Additionally, these stories have highlighted the amazing good in others. In both stories, people have rallied around these young teens, feeding them, clothing them and doing all they can to help them succeed. Why? Because these two young people have shown potential, drive, passion and determination, and so their communities have been willing to help them. These amazing acts of kindness are exactly what Christ expects of all of us.

    PI ladies, I am a huge advocate for overcoming adversity. I believe that with strength, determination and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we can achieve great success.

    I pray the stories of Boone and Loggins have opened your eyes to the truth of overcoming the odds and having confidence in your own abilities. Their stories are so amazing. But they’re not the only ones. There are millions and millions of people who have overcome the odds.

    May God bless David Boone and Dawn Loggins. May He continue to hold them and guide them and strengthen their desire to succeed, so that their stories continue to inspire others to believe in themselves, regardless of their current situation.

    PI ladies, do you have any amazing and inspiring success stories to share?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. Here’s my success story: I was born over 2 months early when I was born. I wasn’t expected to live. I was in the foster care system, since I was a couple months old. I was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (My biological mother was an alcoholic), Cerebral Palsy, ADD- I had to attend feeding clinics and therapy for my motor skills and my abnormal heart rhythm. I am so blessed and thankful, because I was adopted when I was 3 1/2- to the most amazing parents I could ever ask for. Though my hard work in therapy and persistance I have come past many of those things. I have truely turned my diabilites into ablities. Nothing is impossible. <3

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