Graduation reception held for college-bound students, homeless in high school

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Renee Stoll has the story. (WABC)

There was a celebration Friday night for some students who have really defied the odds.

They are now heading to college despite living in homeless shelters while in high school.

New York City officials hosted the first-ever graduation reception, honoring homeless shelter residents who are college-bound, at the Intrepid Museum.

One student headed to Hofstra University described the obstacles she overcame to finish high school.

"I was in school from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. everyday, and I would have to go to my aunt's to travel two hours back to Brooklyn to the shelter. I have always been a fighter and refuse to take no for an answer, because I know if I truly want it and deserve it, nothing can get in my way," said Jennifer Macedo, a graduate.

Macedo not only graduated, but became valedictorian of her class at the High School of Excellence and Innovation.

New York City's First Lady Chirlane McCray was at the reception to celebrate with the students.

"We've never had a celebration in New York City like this, never! So you're the first, you're making some history tonight," McCray said.

For their hard work and dedication to their education, each student received a laptop to keep them on the road to success as they enter college.

"Use this as a motivation to keep you going because if you have made it this far, I know you can go so much further," Macedo said.

All of the students received laptops, to help them get started on successful college careers.
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