Teen Mom Defies the Odds and Becomes Valedictorian, Wins $1 Million in Scholarships

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 17, 2019   |   1:16PM   |   Memphis, TN

A Memphis teenage mom’s hard work and dedication to her son has paid off.

Lamyrical Harris recently graduated first in her class and now has her pick of colleges, having received more than $1 million in scholarship offers, FOX News 4 reports.

Harris chose life for her unborn son, Laderrious Moore, when she was a junior at Trezevant High School, and though she was afraid, she said her son inspired her to work harder, according to the report.

“I was scared. It just made me go 10 times harder,” she said.

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This spring, she graduated valedictorian of her class. In May, the high school recognized her achievements online, writing: “We have our first MILLION DOLLAR SCHOLAR in Trezevant history. Our valedictorian, Lamyrical Harris, has been offered a total of $1,244,298 in ACADEMIC scholarships, making her our first to receive this honor. While we’ve had some amazing athletes throughout Trezevant history, she is the first to earn this amount solely in academic scholarships.”

Assistant Principal Yolanda Sherrod praised Harris for overcoming adversity.

“She came to school. She took care of business, and her motivation has been her child,” Sherrod said.

Harris said she is stunned by the number of scholarship offers she received, and she is not sure yet where she plans to attend college. She said her goal is to give her son a life where he can succeed as well.

Her story is an inspiration to teenagers everywhere. Especially in a culture where abortions are celebrated and teen pregnancies shamed, Harris’s story demonstrates that women do not need to abort their unborn babies to succeed. Women are strong enough to choose life for their babies, overcome hardships and achieve their goals.