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This West Philly teen overcame obstacles to win a $50K scholarship on live TV. Meet Lyric Wise.

At her lowest — when she was kicked out of her Philadelphia public school, when she suffered housing insecurity and financial hardship during the pandemic — it was tough for Lyric Wise to see that she was destined for great things.

But the 18-year-old West Philadelphia teen’s potential was on full display Thursday, when Robin Roberts and a Good Morning America audience of millions watched Wise claim a surprise $50,000 scholarship on live, national TV.

“I know not a lot of kids get access to opportunities, so I have to take them and make the best out of them,” said Wise. “You give me something to do, I’m going to be the best.”

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