FSU Student Beats the Odds

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Here is a heartwarming story of how persistence, despite adversity, pays off.

Twenty-three-year-old Derrick Thompson had a lot of obstacles in his life, but has managed to make his way from the small community of Chaires to our nation's capital.

He was raised to read one verse from his Bible every morning. His mother Jacquelyn Thompson feels that is what it takes for a single mother grooming a family of five children.

"Children are a blessing from God, and if you ask him to lead and guide you and keep you in his care, you can endure, you can make it," she says.

Jacquelyn is helping her son pack for the trip of a lifetime, a 10-week internship in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Derrick was only one of three students in the country selected. He says hard work paid off. He took about six months just writing the cover letter to his essay.

"The gravity of the position required that much effort. I couldn't just send anything that was thrown together," says Derrick.

"I couldn't have asked for a better son than him. I don't even know what I did to deserve a son like him," says Jacquelyn.

Derrick says his father, who passed in '93 of a massive heart attack, would be proud.

"We never had that much money. We came from a single parent home, we continued to press on. I'm just so thankful things ended up the way they have," adds Derrick, who leaves for Washington, D.C. on Thursday.


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