By the time Kevin Palma graduated high school in 2012, the Miami native said he had attended five different high schools as his family moved to follow his father's changing jobs.
"My dad was either getting a better job or we moved to a nicer neighborhood. It was a good experience," Palma said.
Hardship struck the family at the end of Palma's junior year when his father lost his job, leaving them briefly homeless before coming to live with relatives in Laurel. During his semester-long stint at Laurel High School, Palma said, he found hope with First Generation College Bound, a Laurel organization that helps students apply to, attend and complete college.