HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Getting through high school can be a challenge for any student, but Huntington's Chandler Bledsoe is not letting setbacks stop him from succeeding in life.
Growing up, Bledsoe has lived most of his life with his grandparents.
After his father died from a sudden illness, Bledsoe was living in an abusive home with his mother.
"They've given me a chance at life because if I was still in that situation from before, I wouldn't have got to use my potential that I have," Bledsoe said.
"We just couldn't stand it any longer, and we went through all the procedures and so forth," said Tommy Bledsoe, Chandler's grandfather.
Because Bledsoe's grandparents took full custody of him, he said he wants to pay it forward.
"The biggest offense that I could give my grandparents is to not succeed in life," said Bledsoe. "They've given me so much and gave me a second chance to get out of that situation."
Bledsoe is in the top ten percent of his graduating class and will be graduating on Friday.
The baseball stadium his grandfather once coached in is named after his father Randy Bledsoe.
"Small acts of kindness to honor individuals who have helped your community or you know put the name out there tugs at your heartstrings," Bledsoe said.
Chandler's father was a major league player for the Saint Louis Cardinals for about seven years.
"I know that he'd be really proud of him and what he's become," Tommy Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe plans to attend Baylor University where he will pursue a degree in biochemistry.
Bledsoe's grandparents are both retiring from Huntington Independent School District this year working for over forty years.
Chandler is studying to one day be either a dentist or a surgeon but has plenty of time to decide.