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It is typically expected that people will overcome their obstacles in order to succeed in life; however, it’s hard to say that it was expected in this situation.
High school graduation is a goal most kids expect to reach one day, but for this student, it seemed a little out of reach– but not for two long. This young man’s story is proof that miracles do happen.
Two months ago, Balaal Hollings almost lost his life. He received what should have been a devastating fatal shot to the head while trying to break up a fight at a house party. He was not expected to live and he certainly wasn’t expected to walk or talk again if he were to survive. This is the very reason why his walk across the stage and speech at graduation were so shocking to the students and families present at the ceremony.
Before the tragic incident, Hollings was the senior class president, student government president, homecoming king and a football star. After the shooting, he lost his football scholarship to a school in Wisconsin. But despite his losses he never lost his spirituality or sense of humor.
Here is what he had to say about the miracle: “Only two months and I’m walking and talking and fully rehabilitated, so it got to be God,” Hollings said.
His fellow classmates were deeply touch by his surprise appearance at the graduation. One classmate was quoted saying, “he made me cry today.” Another student testified to how breathtakingly surprised he was: “Overwhelming. I was very happy to see him come out there,” he said.
The class of 2013 is the 128th and last graduating class of Northwestern High School. The school is closing its door at the end of the year. So, what a way to end what could have a been a sad moment with joy.
Hollings was presented with a $50,000 scholarship for his college education. He said that he once wanted to be a professional football player, but God decided he had other plans.
He now has a new interest for his future. “I’m going to take pre-law or criminal justice,” he said.
Many people are wondering, especially with his new found interest in law, if he will be seeking justice in his case, and if he plans to have the shooter prosecuted. Here is what Hollings had to say about the matter.“People always ask me what would you say if you met the person face-to-face who shot you? And I would tell them, ‘I love you, and I forgive you,'” he said.