A teen who grew up homeless has completed high school in two years, with a 4.0 grade average and a full scholarship to college.
In addition, 16-year-old Destyni Tyree also became the prom queen and served as the captain of her school’s cheerleading squad.
Growing up, Tyree and her family lived in a homeless shelter in Washington D.C. along with 243 other families, as reported by ABC 7. She was pulled out of several schools before she enrolled into Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School, an alternative program.
“Accomplished” is how Tyree said she felt after completing her high school.
Principal Eugenia Young said Tyree is a “born-leader.”
“She is a joy to be around, she has a good heart,” Young said. Tyree is “bubbly person” and a “phenomenal” student, Young added.
Tyree worked tirelessly during the years of her high school. She took a lot of classes, even on Saturdays, and worked 25 hours a week at an ice cream parlor, as reported by ABC News.
She also engaged herself in school activities. Her credits include establishing the school’s first cheerleading team, organizing a trip to an amusement park and playing a key role in arranging the senior prom.
“I just time managed,” Tyree said. “I just wake up and do what I gotta do.”
“The more and more [Tyree is] around people who constantly tell her how smart she is, and how she can do anything she puts her mind to, the more she believes she can do anything now,” Young said.
According to a survey taking in January this year, as many as 12,215 people in metropolitan Washington area said they were homeless. This number increased by a margin of 5 percent from last year, as indicated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Between 2013 and 2014, as many as 1.3 million students across the country were homeless.
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