An inspiring story of 16 year old Destyni Tyree. Who despite all hardships and obstacles completed high school in only two years, with a 4.0 grade point average. Being voted prom queen by her peers and was captain of the cheer leading squad. Earning a full scholarship to Potomac State Collage of West Virginia University, which she will begin in August. While accomplishing so much Destyni endured much hardship along the way. Destyni’s mother lost her job a couple years ago, and the family struggled to support itself in a city with sky rocking 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. Enduring claustrophobic conditions with 243 other families, witness to daily anger, arguments, and fist fights, in one of the city’s most notorious homeless shelters in Washington D.C. The stress of the environment boiled over into Tyree’s academic life, forcing her to pull out of various schools. “I had a lot of issues with classmates ans 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. Principal Eugenia Young of Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High said she’s a joy to be around, she has a good heart,” Young added, calling Tyree a “bubbly person” and a “phenomenal student.” Tyree took on heavy loads of classes, including on Saturdays and working 25 hours in an Ice cream parlor. She was also involved in many school activities, one was launching the school’s first cheerleading team. “The more and more she’s around peopke who constantly tell her how smart she is, and how she can do anything she put’s her mind to, the more she believes she can do anything now.” Principal Young said. In a recent survey taken on a single night in January 2016, 12,215 people throughout the metropolitan Washington region indicated they were homeless, a five percent increase from 2015, according to the Metropolitan Washington Governments. The national numbers of homelessness even more striking 1.3 million students in the U.S. were homeless in 2013-2014, according to federal data. But Destyni Tyree refuses to be just another number. “Quite frankly, I’m just ready to go on and live life,” Tyree said. “I know there’s a better life out there for me.” “We’re not a statistic and we’re not all the same.” she said. ” If you work hard enough, if you have that drive, if you have that motivation, it get’s a lot better.” Inspiring words from an inspirational young lady.