CIS is so proud of our awesome CIS student who just graduated from Lee High School and has hit the news bigtime…Liyjon DeSilva!

He was featured in one of our CIS video vignettes during our 2015 Gala; please click the picture to open and watch:

Liyjon

In the past year, Liyjon has received the revered “full ride” Posse Scholarship and will attend Carleton College in the Fall!

A very big “thank you” to Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell from Windsor Village United Methodist Church for having Liyjon speak at his Church last Sunday. The Church has raised over $7500 for Liyjon so far!  Thank you Pastor Kirbyjon!

CIS Board member and Baker Botts attorney, Lauren Gore, has made significant deposits in Liyjon’s life by mentoring Liyjon for the past year. Thank you Lauren!

CNN and Disney have reached out to Liyjon! Liyjon’s story was picked up by many media outlets in the US and in other countries, see the links below.  We are beyond proud of Liyjon and the significant difference CIS makes in students’ lives every day!

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/25/us/texas-student-who-was-homeless-going-college/index.html
  2. http://abc13.com/education/homeless-teen-graduates-from-hisd-with-honors/1407148/
  3. http://fox2now.com/2016/07/03/texas-student-who-was-homeless-lived-alone-for-3-years-graduates-at-top-of-high-school-class/
  4. http://ktla.com/2016/07/02/texas-teen-who-was-homeless-lived-alone-for-3-years-graduates-at-top-of-high-school-class/
  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3674133/Texas-high-schooler-homeless-THREE-YEARS-mother-died-graduates-class-wins-college-scholarship.html
  6. http://www.kmov.com/story/32353532/homeless-student-graduates-high-school-with-honors
  7. http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/168719336-story
  8. http://www.inquisitr.com/3272976/homeless-high-school-hero/
  9. http://q13fox.com/2016/07/04/texas-student-who-was-homeless-lived-alone-for-3-years-graduates-at-top-of-high-school-class/
  10. http://nbc4i.com/2016/07/04/teen-graduates-with-honors-after-three-years-of-homelessness/
  11. http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/real-life/meet-the-inspirational-student-who-went-from-being-homeless-to-graduating-top-of-the-class-408456.html
  12. http://fox4kc.com/2016/07/03/texas-student-who-was-homeless-lived-alone-for-3-years-graduates-at-top-of-high-school-class/
  13. http://rollingout.com/2016/07/05/homeless-texas-teen-graduates-high-school-gets-full-college-scholarship/
  14. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/homeless-high-schooler-graduates-top-class
  15. http://cw33.com/2016/07/01/teen-lives-secret-homeless-life-graduates-with-honors/

15.   http://www.inquisitr.com/3264323/this-homeless-high-school-students-inspirational-journey-will-melt-your-heart-video/

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