Parkland activist kids like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have gotten a lot of press from the mainstream media to push gun control. And many liberals have been behind them to push them forward in order to advance their political agenda.
But here’s the story of a teen who really deserves the attention, because it’s this kind of effort that Americans should be recognizing.
Meet Thomas Schwab.
From Daily Wire:
A homeless Utah teen had the odds against him. But without so much as the stability of a place to sleep at night, 18-year-old Thomas Schwab didn’t just make it through those hard, awkward high school years, he graduated at the top of his class and maintained a hopeful outlook that should inspire us all.
Schwab’s family fell on hard times and the teen ended up homeless and alone for most of 11th and 12th grade. “We weren’t able to find another house to live in,” he recalled. “I floated around from people’s houses, or I stayed outside.”
According to KSL-TV, Schwab’s mother moved away for a job and his siblings moved to stay with their father.
“If I’m worried about whether I’m going to sleep tonight in a bush, or if I’m going to be able to get a ride over to school, or walk six miles, it’s very hard to focus on what you need to,” said the teen. “Will I be able to stay warm tonight? Or, will it rain? How will I stay dry? What if somebody comes and tries to stake my stuff?”
But that never stopped Schwab from challenging himself in the classroom and ending up as a top Murray High School graduate, and, not to mention, maintaining an infectious positive attitude.
“I love learning,” he said, adding, “I love education, and I love improving myself. I feel education is one of the best ways to become a better person. … School has always been very important to me.”
And his efforts have paid off.
He is graduating with a 4.0 and has never gotten anything lower than an A. His classmates have also voted him, “Most Intellectual.”
He had some help from the Salt Lake County Milestone Transitional Living Program, which helps young people between 18-21, find employment, housing and other resources that may be of aid.
Schwab was grateful for their help which made things a little easier than they had been.
His teacher, Ryan Moffett, praised the young man saying he was “awesome” and had “overcome all odds.” “He has risen above everything,” Moffett said.
And he has a pretty cool plan for his future. And he’s not wasting any time about it.
He’s leaving for Navy boot camp on June 18 where he plans on joining the nuclear engineering program.
“I’m going to join the Navy, and I will be going through the nuclear engineering program, which is the hardest program in the Navy,” he told KSL-TV. “I’ve got the dedication and the wherewithal to do so. So I’m pretty set in stone about it.”
Given what he’s achieved already, through thick and thin, Schwab seems a pretty sure bet to be a success at anything he tries.