Destyni Tyree is a beautiful example of strength and determination.
The 16-year-old teen, who lives in one of Washington D.C.’s most notorious homeless shelters, graduated from high school two years early with a 4.0 grade point average and a full scholarship to Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
Via ABC News:
Tyree’s mother lost her job a couple of years ago, and the family struggled to support itself in a city with sky-rocketing rent and ever-increasing cost of living expenses. They made the difficult decision of moving into D.C. General, the city’s largest homeless shelter.
The stress of the environment bubbled over into Tyree’s academic life, forcing her to pull out of various schools.
“I had a lot of issues with classmates and teachers. It was just too much,” she said.
It wasn’t until she enrolled in Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School, an alternative program, that she felt motivated to succeed.
“As a student, she is a natural-born leader,” said Eugenia Young, principal of Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School.
“She is a joy to be around, she has a good heart,” Young added, calling Tyree a “bubbly person” and a “phenomenal” student.
Tyree managed her academic achievements in a tireless manner, taking on heavy loads of classes, including on Saturdays, and working 25 hours a week at an ice cream parlor. On top of the long days, she was involved in many school activities, launching the school’s first cheerleading team, organizing a senior trip to an amusement park and asking Young to host a senior prom.
“I just time managed,” Tyree said. “I just wake up and do what I gotta do.”
Destyni Tyree was also voted prom queen. She looked absolutely beautiful.
Destyni Tyree shared these words of encouragement:
It gets better. If you work hard enough, if you have that drive, if you have that motivation, it gets a lot better.
She starts school at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in August.
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