- Four years after he was shot in the neck and disabled, a young Black man has celebrated a major accomplishment
- Howard Boone recently graduated with his undergraduate degree from St. Augustine’s University in the US
- The resilient man with a physical disability was born whole but had to complete his university education bedridden
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Before Howard Boone enrolled in St. Augustine’s University, he had never imagined life as a college student bedridden from the neck down.
Four years ago, he was shot in the neck and disabled when someone fired into a crowd. After defying the odds, Boone recently graduated with his bachelor's degree.
Howard Boone studies in his hospital bed
With his assignments, emails, and research papers dictated painstakingly into the phone attached to the bed, where he lies collapsed from the neck down, he fought through tribulations after the near-death experience to achieve the accomplishment.
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“I lost feeling… like, I lost everything. Everything I worked for just went away,” Boone said, per Spectrumlocal News.
Howard Boone overcomes life-threatening challenges
Boone depended on a ventilator to breathe, but it didn't stop him from accomplishing his quest to attain a university education.
Before the incident, he desired a career in the military as a former member of the Army Reserves. He used to jump from planes and planned on rising through the ranks of the military.
Then, during a 2018 trip to South Carolina, the unfortunate happened. Per Cbs17, someone started shooting into a crowd, and Boone, an innocent bystander, was hit in the neck.
In the years confined to his bed, he took to poetry, writing on gun violence as a coping mechanism. ''It was almost like therapy,'' he said.
While his dream of a military career is no longer possible, he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Sterling Results of Ghanaian with Straight 8As in WASSCE Pop Up
Still on education, YEN.com.gh reported that the sterling results of a Ghanaian named Kaabartu Sylvanus Atta Senior emerged on the internet after the former France Ambassador to Ghana shared them online.
Ann Sophie Ave uploaded the prodigies' 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results on her verified Twitter account to appeal for help for him.
She disclosed that the Atta Senior had secured a scholarship to further his education at the university, but he needs a laptop to make learning easy.
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