High school student uses difficult childhood for motivation to succeed

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:03 a.m. CST, Saturday, February 16, 2013

Editor's note: This story is part of My Life, My Town, a special project exploring the hopes and challenges of teens in rural Missouri. The project is a product of the Missouri School of Journalism in partnership with the Columbia Missourian, KBIA and Reynolds Journalism Institute. Some of the teens were found with the help of Missouri 4-H.