VIDEO: Once homeless teen now high school's valedictorian

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 1:40pm

A Georgia teenager who was homeless for years is now her high school's valedictorian.

She focused on her studies, despite living in shelters and even her mother's car.

17-year-old Chelesa Fearce is washing dishes in the house that her family has rented for a few months.

Prior to that, the high school senior and her family were homeless for years.

Living in and out shelters, hotels and even their car when they had one.

Every now and then, the family of five would be able to move into an apartment, but that would be short lived.

In the midst of all of that, Chelesa excelled, though she says it was tough.

What she did was achieve a 4.466 GPA and a 1900 on her SAT's, making her not only valedictorian, but star student at Charles Drew High School in Clayton County.

But that's not all, Chelesa's sister is graduating this year as the salutatorian from George Washington Carver High Cchool in Atlanta.

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