16-year-old Destyni Tyree may look like a normal carefree teenager, but she is actually one of 1.3 million homeless students in the U.S. Tyree refused to be part of another statistic, so she worked hard to graduate two years early with a 4.0 GPA, and she has also received a full ride scholarship to college.
Tyree’s mother lost her job and had trouble supporting her family, so they ended up moving in to a homeless shelter in D.C. Tyree had struggled moving in and out of schools, until she attended Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School, an alternative program. She became very motivated, and said she just wanted her little sister to be able to look up to her.
On top of graduating two years early, Tyree worked 25 hours a week at an ice cream shop. She was also heavily involved in extracurricular activities at school. She helped start the first cheer leading squad, and even helped organize a senior prom, where she was crowned prom queen.
Tyree says she feels accomplished. She told ABC News, “Quite frankly, I’m just ready to go and live life. I know there’s a better life out there for me.”
Tyree’s next adventure will be attending Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Keep up the great work, Destyni! Read more on her story here.