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Student Who Used To Work As Garbage Collector Has Been Accepted Into Harvard Law School

It’s good news for Rehan Staton who recently got admitted into Harvard Law after overcoming some difficulties.

When Staton was eight, life was easy and beautiful. Life had its awesome components—loving parents, a supportive big brother and a comfortable private school education including a homeschool teacher.

Things went awry when his mother abandoned them and jetted off to another country. This would lead to some other issues—his father lost his job and had to hustle three jobs to make ends meet. Food which was once plentiful became a scarce resource. And they had to cope without switching on the thermostat.

“I would have to sleep with a heavy jacket on when it was cold,” Staton said. “I was always angry and hungry. It affected my academic work at school, and I started to perform horribly.”

His academic performances dropped and from being one of the top performers in class, he became one of the worst performers. Staton pointed to the fact that he was always dozing off in class as it was warm there. Getting to seventh grade, the bad academic performances continued and a teacher advised he needed special education. This statement made him lose interest in school.

It was evident something had to be done. Staton’s father went on a trip to the local community center and sought for assistance on who would help teach his son. There, an aerospace engineer proffered to help educate Staton for the rest of the year without collecting a dime.

“I ended up making honor roll the rest of the year,” Staton said. “He was like an uncle or godfather that gave me food and a place to stay sometimes. After we stopped the tutoring sessions, my grades suffered again.”

Staton would spend his high school years training rigorously in his pursuit to be a highly skilled boxer.

“I won a lot of martial arts competitions,” Staton said. “From all my teachers, mentors and classmates — no one ever asked me about school or college. It was always, ‘How’d your tournament go? How’s training? When’s the next match?'”

His dreams on becoming a success through boxing would later suffer a blow when he suffered severe tendinitis in both shoulders. He was unable to wield his arm over his head for months. The injury wasn’t a major career threat and he could recover but since he lacked medical insurance, Staton said physical treatment wasn’t a route to follow.

Now that his aspirations of turning into a pro boxer had suffered a blow, he began applying into colleges desperately. Albeit, he was rejected by all.

Whilst recovering from the injury he suffered, he was employed as a trash collector at a local sanitation company. Many of his colleagues that worked there had gone to prison. They noticed his creativity and intellectual ability which made them ponder: “What are you doing here?”

“They would say, ‘You’re smart,'” Staton said. “You’re too young to be here. Go to college, and come back if it doesn’t work out.”

This was a surprise to Staton as it was the first time someone outside his family and his seventh grade tutor would praise his intellectual ability.

“Teachers, church leaders, and other upper echelon people known for being a role model in society were the ones that never saw anything in me,” Staton said. “It was the sanitation workers that lifted me up to make me even want to go to school.”

Co-workers helped speak to the executives at the sanitation company and Staton was thereafter connected to a professor at Bowie State University—one of the schools that denied his application months ago.

The professor was in awe during their conversation and he persuaded the admissions board to rescind their decision.

Now that he had to go to college, Staton’s older brother, Reggie had to drop out from school. Someone had to work alongside their dad in order to make money, else they would forfeit their house. Staton said it was a decision Reggie made on his own accord.

“My brother knew I’d be stuck if I didn’t jump on this opportunity and go to school because of my grades,” Staton said.

Staton would go on to get a 4.0 and he matriculated to the University of Maryland, where he excelled as the president of the undergraduate history association, history representative for the dean’s cabinet and eventually as the graduation speaker for the class of 2018.

Even as a student, Staton would wake up every morning, persisting in his job as a garbage collector. He was always working two separate shifts between classes. Doing this, he had to stay away from partying.

“I had to give up any sort of social life,” Staton said “I just put my head down and stuck to a schedule to make it all happen.”

After graduation, Staton had a health issue but that didn’t stop him from getting a job at a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He passed the LSAT and sent applications to law schools. This he did while working full time. 

It would take a while though. In March,  Staton learned he’d been accepted into his dream schools—USC, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.

“It was a surreal moment for me,” Staton said. “It made me feel like my brother and my dad’s sacrifices were not in vain. We did it.”

Staton would eventually settle for Harvard Law  School. For people searching for inspiration in these trying times, Staton says “love yourself enough to get what you want out of life. You can always see the light in any dark situation, and you need to hold on to that light.”

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Man Dubbed a Hero After Saving a Baby Elephant With CPR

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People who are trained to provide CPR to rescue others expect to be called upon in the odd moment to act. However, Srivate Mana never expected that his knowledge in how to save a life would be critical in saving a baby elephant. Yet, that is exactly what he found himself doing and was filmed in a video that went viral on the Internet shortly after. Savings a baby elephant left on the side of the road, Mana was able to bring the elephant back and it was standing again within 10 minutes.

Animals Can’t Read Road Warning Signs

Like any animal, the baby elephant was simple moving from one part of the area to another looking for food and following its herd. However, unlike the older pachyderms, the young elephant was not yet used to the roads and vehicles that cut through roaming area of Chanthaburi. It had no idea what to make of the noise or the lights the vehicles had to signal they were approaching. And curiosity ultimately ended up being the animal’s weakness. As a result, it had no idea what was hurtling towards the small animal when a motorcycle rider slammed into the creature at speed. The rider was okay, aside from scuffs and being thrown from the motorbike. Unfortunately, the baby elephant took the brunt of the impact and was laid out on the road.

Things Weren’t Looking Very Good

When Mana arrived at the scene traveling the same path as his crew, he could see his coworkers taking care of the downed rider, but nothing was happening for the elephant. In the distance he could also hear the mother and adult elephants calling for the baby creature. Instinctually, Mana knows to jump into action to save a life, and even the elephant parents calling seemed to trigger his training. Trying to guess where the elephant’s heart was, he got close to the creature on the road and started figuring out where to apply CPR. At the same time Mana was crying, feeling a wave of emotion for the junior pachyderm. Amazingly, the elephant began to move. He was in shock but for a good reason.

A Miracle on Four Legs, With a Trunk

After a few seconds of standing the baby elephant began to reorient itself and went right back to the same location where it was originally hit, probably looking for its mother. Amazingly, the baby elephant wasn’t seriously injured, just completely dazed and confused. As the young elephant started calling out for any sign of its herd, the mother and the rest of the elephants came back out of the countryside to fetch it. Mana watched the reunion and smiled.

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UPS Driver Gets Dazzling Appreciation From Appreciative Community

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From the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most households have been reliant on UPS drivers to deliver their necessities, especially since many physical stores had closed their doors to the public. 

The drivers put themselves and their families at risk to get those essentials delivered to millions of homes across the country and make the quarantine less strenuous for families. 

One particular UPS delivery driver caught the attention of residents in Smithtown, Long Island, New York where he has been dropping packages off tirelessly both day and night.

For 25 years, Gregory Watkins Sr. has been working for UPS and he has spent the last thirteen of these years assigned to Long Island.  

Didn’t he eventually get bored? Actually, it was the opposite for Watkins, who says he liked his job and the welcoming atmosphere of the community he’s been serving for more than a decade.

Recently, in a bid to help meet the pandemic demands, Watkins took on additional shifts which did not go unnoticed by the residents. 

The residents were blown away by the father of four turning up six days every week and we’re moved to show their appreciation. 

The fact that the busy driver always wore a smile, and went above and beyond to assist the customers, was the icing on the cake. 

The residents huddled and came up with a surprise plan, which turned out to be just that, for the valuable UPS delivery driver. 

The clueless driver reacted to a text message for assistance from one of the residents, but came upon a host of people converging on the roadway and vehicles lining the sidewalks.

He was unsure of whether to drive through the crowd, but his desire to fulfill the customer’s wishes outweighed his doubt and he slowly began driving towards the crowd.

What greeted him next made the driver gasp for air as residents began emerging from their vehicles with signs and loud cheers egging him on and showing their appreciation.

The driver questioned if what was going on was really to honor him. The doubts were quickly erased as he heard his name being chanted by the excited residents.

As he continued driving down the road, he saw the many signs with positive messages showing appreciation for his remarkable service.

Meanwhile a resident captured the entire event on camera, taking comments from multiple residents who openly thanked the driver. 

The residents expressed that they know his family, which drove home the fact that they knew he was making a huge sacrifice since he has four children at home. 

The dazzled driver regained his composure and decided to emerge from the vehicle where he was greeted with a barrage of gifts. 

He explained to the grateful residents that it has been sheer enjoyment delivering to their community and being of assistance in whatever way possible. 

He said watching how everyone evolved, including kids becoming adults or obtaining their drivers license was a part of the pleasure. 

As Watkin thanked the residents and expressed what he observed over the last 13 years, he informed them that his tenure would end in two years. 

There was a unanimous groan in response to the beloved driver’s statement, but that did not put a damper on the next few minutes as they continued to show their appreciation.  

Overall, Watkins says he felt love and care exuded from the residents who even penned their thoughts. 

He has been humbled by the gesture and plans to continue serving the community of Smithstown faithfully. 

Many people do good but it doesn’t always come back the way they give it. In fact it comes back when they least expect it and that’s exactly what happened to this hardworking father of four. 

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Five Heroic High School Freshman Heed Call to Action, Save Children From Icy Pond!

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When the worst happens in front of our eyes, we all hope that we will have the fortitude to act. For five teenagers from New Jersey, a call to action manifested before themselves while heading home from an evening at Beacon Hill Country Club. The five kids were all from a local high school and they had been sledding at the local country club in Middletown when they heard a commotion coming from a pond near the bottom of the hill. As it turned out, two children on a sled had been rocketing straight toward the ice-covered surface. What happened next could have ended in tragedy if not for a group of brave kids.

Tyler Armagan, Ryan Day, Kieran Foley, Drew Scalice, and Joseph Dietrich had been hanging out at their favorite sledding spot in town when their lives changed forever. Kieran, a 14-year-old from New Jersey, said that he saw the two children careening down the hill and toward the ice-covered pond. Kieran stated, “They just went so fast right down the hill.” 

According to Kieran, the father of the children had been yelling for his kids to jump out of the sled. The problem was that 8-year-old Olivia and 4-year-old R.J. were not in control. In the Olympics, sleds can reach speeds of up to 70mph. While little Olivia and R.J. weren’t going that fast, they were certainly not in control. True tragedy was hovering over the entire moment but the boys leaped into action.

As it turns out, Kieran and his friends were all from the same Boy Scout troop. The kids kept their cool and jumped into action immediately. Kieran and his friends formed a human chain down to the pond where the two children had fallen into the icy water. Knowing that time was of the essence, Kieran waded into the water. Kieran stated, “I knew it wasn’t that deep, the water, so I just picked them up..” 

Drew was also shocked by what happened though he was quick to act. Drew told reporters, “All I can remember is seeing the kids come down (the hill).” Drew would go on to describe how Ryan helped calm the kids down after pulling them from the water, asking them questions about Christmas and what presents that they would want. As it turns out, this was a wonderful way to calm the kids down as their parents arrived.

After pulling the children from the freezing water, Kieran and his buddies consoled them as they tried to keep them warm. Soon Richard Heid and Stephanie Irlbeck appeared, the parents quick to thank the heroic children that had stepped up to the plate to save their child. As frostbite can occur within ten minutes in the right frigid temperatures, it isn’t dramatic to say that Kieran and his friends potentially saved two lives.

While 2020 was a constant lesson in how dark and hard the world can be, there are always silver linings to turn to for hope and inspiration. While much of the world was engulfed in chaos relating to politics or COVID, good folks like Kieran and his friends continue to do great things for the people around them. Perhaps we could all learn a little bit more from these heroic kids!

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Military Officer Just Wanted To Get Home, When Man Confronted Her On Plane

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Packed plane rides tend to be the worst because if you’re not lucky enough to get on early, you get stuck with whatever is left. And that usually means being cramped in a middle seat squished between two others. It might be livable on a short flight, but a long flight can be torture sitting like that. For Jessica’s case, it was obvious to her when boarding that her flight was going to be a miserable experience. Everything was taken, and the only seat left was a middle seat in a cramped can of a ride. However, things got weird before she could even get her bag in the storage and sit down. Instead of sitting down, a man walked up and told her she couldn’t sit in the seat she finally found. The reason why just about knocked her off her feet.

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Long Lost Family Comes Together During Christmas Miracle: Sisters Find Father and Each Other after 24 Years!

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There are times in life when we see a Hollywood movie and think, “There’s no way that is realistic.” Like in Hollywood, sometimes life can be so strange as to seem unbelievable. This past Christmas saw one family come together after being fractured and lost for more than 24 years. Sisters Lisa McLean (33) and Rebecca Parton (24) would run into each other on social media while simultaneously looking for their lost father. In doing so, the three people would set in motion a family reunion that was 24 years in the making.

Lisa McLean and Rebecca Parton would say that they had far from the conventional family upbringing. Life and all the things that go with it caused their family to fracture while they were young, splitting the sisters apart before they could ever chance the opportunity to get to know one another. Growing up apart, Rebecca and Lisa would both yearn for the father that they had been separated from for more than two decades. This would lead the sisters to each individually begin searching for their father on social media.

Then they found one another.

On the hunt for their father, David Riggs, Lisa and Rebecca would end up crossing wires. The two would form a bond and after verifying that, yes, they were indeed sisters, they would join their search together. After years of hunting for their father, the two sisters would manage to wrangle David in just in time for Christmas. While 2020 was a tough year for everyone basically everywhere, Lisa and Rebecca probably felt like they had finally regained something near and dear to their heart.

The actual discovery occurred by chance on David’s side of the screen. David had been living in Blackpool, England, when he caught wind of Lisa looking for him. The 53-year-old father of two would immediately attempt to reunite with his daughters, traveling to the other side of England to meet them for the first time in twenty-plus years. Lisa said of the reunion, “It was just lovely, there’s a lot of catching up to do!”

Lisa and Rebecca would become fast friends with Lisa asking Rebecca to be her bridesmaid. The gesture was touching to Rebecca who was more than happy to be apart of the festivities. In doing so, Rebecca and Lisa got to introduce the five nieces and nephews that are shared between them to their father. David was able to verify that he was their father through old family photographs and various childhood mementos.

Now set to spend their first holidays together in decades, David and his daughters are looking forward to making up for the lost time. Lisa said of the whole event, “The only way I can describe it… but I suppose it’s a Christmas miracle!”

Do you believe in Holiday miracles? Who knows, one might be closer around the corner than you might think!

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