For one Atlanta teen, the path to being chosen as high school valedictorian did not come easily.
Rebecca Schmitt and her mother Sandra were evicted from their 4,000-square-foot Port St. Lucie, Florida, home in October 2014.
Five years earlier, Sandra Schmitt was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. In 2012 she received a bone marrow transplant.
Sandra Schmitt, a single mother, told ABC News she went from being a top-earning realtor to being broke, forced to stop working because of her treatment.
“The money dwindled,” she added. “After the bone marrow transplant in 2012, my finances were basically almost depleted.”
The loss of their home affected 16-year-old Rebecca Schmitt greatly.
“I went from upper-middle class — amongst attorneys and surgeons, and hosting study sessions — to homelessness, seeking shelter wherever it might be. I also gained a fear for my education,” she told ABC News. …