Resilient Washington, DC resident, 16-year-old
Destyni Tyree who lives in a homeless shelter
with her mum recently overcame extraordinary
odds to not only graduate from high school two
years ahead of schedule with a 4.0 grade point
average, but she also received an academic
scholarship to college.Destyni and her family
were forced to make the shelter their home after
her mother lost her job a few years ago, but the
hard-working teenager refused to let her
situation affect her. She said she used her
unfortunate circumstances as motivation rather
than letting it get her down.
Destyni said:
“I don’t want to live in a shelter when I
get older”. “I want to better my life, so
that gave me the drive to do what I want
to do,” she told NBC 4 Washington.
With the outstanding support of her mother and
the principal of her school, Destyni worked hard
to meet and exceed her goal of graduating two
years early.
Destyni plans to attend Potomac State
University later this year, but is still saving up
money for additional educational expenses not
covered in her scholarship, like the cost of
Her mum said she is very proud of Destyni’s

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