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08/28/2012 09:10 am ET

Aaron Harper 'Undroppable': Missouri Teen Shares Story Of Growing Up In Meth Lab

This video is part of "Undroppable," a documentary project from @Jason_Pollock that tells the stories of young people who have overcome significant obstacles to graduate from high school.

High school senior Aaron Harper grew up in a meth lab in Joplin, Missouri. His parents were both using and making the drug, and as a kid, he would sometimes see it cooking on the stove, until the cops finally showed up to arrest his parents. Now, Aaron's father has recovered from his addiction -- he goes to church on Sundays and runs local Narcotics Anonymous meetings -- and Aaron couldn't be more proud.

"To see your dad going from something that bad to something as good as he is now... [his advice] is easier to agree with because he's proven that what he's saying is possible," Aaron says.

Soon, his dad will experience the same sense of pride when Aaron crosses the podium to receive his high school diploma.

"Graduation day, I'm going to be looking towards my dad," he says. "I want to see him being proud of me."

Watch the video above to hear Aaron tell his story, and visit the "Undroppable" YouTube channel for more videos.

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