Forty-five soon to be high school graduates were honored in downtown Oklahoma City Thursday.
They are being recognized for overcoming homelessness.
One of the seniors, Carla Atondo said, “It would’ve been east to just give up and live on the streets.”
That's where organizations like Oklahoma City's HOPE or Homeless Outreach in Public Education comes in.
They partner with Supporting Kids in Independent Living to work towards keeping students in school, turning tough situations into success stories.
Stories like Carla’s – “I lived in a domestic violent home and I decided I didn’t want to be around that so I decided to move out.”
She now has dreams of joining the Air Force after school.
American Fidelity Representatives were present to invest in the future of these kids with four $1,000 scholarships.
Carla described it as a happy ending with a rough start, “If I could deal with the since I was the age of 14, then nothing can block the path to what I want to do.”
HOME staff said there are more than 3100 homeless students living in Oklahoma City.