After many hardships, including the recent loss of her mother to aggressive cancer, 18-year-old Jamera Whitney Williams persevered and successfully graduated from Kennett High School, writes Shawnette Wilson for FOX29 Philadelphia.
Crossing the stage outside her school to get her diploma was a bittersweet moment for the teen.
“I would say I was overwhelmed just because my mom wasn’t here for me, but they surprised me with a picture of her so I’m just overexcited,” said Jamera.
Her family, including her mother Pamela Williams, came to cheer her on.
“You earned it,” said Williams, who was also devastated that her wife Tylanda could not be there to share the moment.
The loss of her mother came after other challenges and trauma that Jamera pushed through to walk on the stage last week. This includes a suicide attempt after being aggressively bullied and assaulted inside a school building in middle school.
“The only way we can overcome these atrocities that are happening within our young people is that our young people know that there’s someone who will listen, who will care, and who will help them,” said Williams.
Read more about Jamera Whitney Williams at FOX29 Philadelphia.