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Homeless Teen Graduates Early and at Top of Class

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homeless graduate16-year-old Destyni Tyree finished high school two years early, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted into college with a full scholarship- and did it all while living in a homeless shelter with her family.

Tyree and her family relocated to a homeless shelter in Washington D.C. after her mother lost her job a couple of years ago. At first, the change had a negative effect on Tyree’s education, resulting in her being pulled out of various schools. “I had a lot of issues with classmates and teachers. It was just too much,” she told ABC News during an interview.

The issues settled once Destyni enrolled in Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School, an alternative program. There she received the assistance and positive reinforcement that she needed to get her academic career back on track. “As a student, she is a natural-born leader,” said Eugenia Young, principal of Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School, adding that Destyni “is a joy to be around, she has a good heart.”

During her time at Roosevelt, Tyree got her grades back up and involved herself in school activities, like starting the school’s first cheerleading squad, heading up the effort to have a senior prom hosted, and even organized a senior trip for her class. Oh, and did we mention she did all this while also holding down a part-time job at an ice cream parlor?! Amazing!

Now that all of her hard work has paid off, how does Destyni feel? “Accomplished,”she told ABC News. “That’s how I feel right now.” She also admitted that she’s ready to get out into the world and make her mark. “Quite frankly, I’m just ready to go and live life. I know there’s a better life out there for me.”

To the young people who may be facing their own adversities, Destyni says “It gets better. If you work hard enough, if you have that drive, if you have that motivation, it gets a lot better.”

Destyni begins her collegiate career at Potomac State College of West Virginia University this August.

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