Tabitha Lawson recently married the love of her life.
Long before she and husband’s paths had crossed, Trushawn Tyree Cain essentially had assumed the notable role as the man of the house.
To his credit, Cain had done masterful, resilient job of being obedient to his mother and grandmother, Shirley Cain, doing everything from his customary house chores, to never letting the “street lights catch” him, to earning favorable grades.
All in all, that is amongst the grandest reasons that Trushawn had steadfastly stayed on the right path during his young life which, as a result, has benefited him mightily throughout the years, particularly under the guidance of his mother and grandmother.
“Me nor his grandma, Shirley Cain, have never got on him to do any of his school work,” Lawson told News Reporter Andre Johnson in his Second Annual Salute To Graduates Tributes. “He is a very determined child.”
Not to mention one who will be vacating town in the coming months for all the right reasons.
A regular honor student who’s armed with an assortment of gifts and talents, Trushawn Cain graduated from Memphis’ tradition-rich Whitehaven High during the school’s 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday.
For his mother, a 1992 Whitehaven graduate and arguably his No. 1 supporter since his birth, witnessing her son receive his much-anticipated diploma brought what she deemed as unexplainable excitement.
Having compiled a cumulative grade point average of 4.2, Trushawn Cain was a member of the National English Honor Society (or NEHS), as well as the National Society of High School Scholars (or NSHSS).
What’s even more astounding is that Trushawn had entered his senior year with 21.5 of the required 22 credits, and needed just a half credit to graduate. According his mother, though, her son wanted to graduate with his class and, by year’s end, he had earned an unprecedented 29 credits.
How else to explain the thunderous applause that came about on Saturday?
“When I heard my baby’s name as he went across that stage and all the scholarship he )acquired) I was over (come) with joy,” Lawson said.
Surely, there’s no doubt his great grandmother, Mattie Fortney, would have exemplified similar emotions as his mother.
Sadly, Fortney passed away on May 7 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was 86.
“Thinking about my grandma, she would be so proud of him,” Lawson said.
There’s no doubt Fortney is looking down from above, extending unto her great grandchild a big smile in the process.
That’s because aside from being a member of the National Honor Society, Whitehaven school officials announced Saturday that Trushawn had garnered a total of $389,416 in scholarship earnings.
Next up for Trushawn, it’s off this fall to Middle Tennessee University, where he will major in Chemistry.
Having also gained acceptance letters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Tennessee-Martin, Trushawn has aspirations of becoming a Pharmacist, said Lawson, who added that, “He has an older brother (Tadarius Cain) and a little sister (Takayla Cain) whom he loves to death.”
Trushawn Cain’s siblings, like his mother, will truly miss him when he engages in college life in the coming months.
But like his late great grandmother, they, too, will be rooting for him to keep pursuing his dreams.
“The sky is the limit for my son, because when you grow, you can’t go nowhere but up,” Lawson said. “I will miss my son a lot, but he hasn’t been outside of Memphis.”
No need to worry, nonetheless.
Trushawn will have some familiar company in Murfreesboro.
“He will be up there with his brother, my oldest, Tadarius Cain,” Lawson said.
That, after all, will undoubtedly give way to a peace of mind for his mother, the happy newlywed.
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