In yet another lesson on not presuming to know anyone’s struggles, a 16-year-old in Washington D.C. is getting all of the applause she deserves.

Destyni Tyree has been living in one of the city’s largest homeless shelters along with more than 240 other families after her mother lost her job and they struggled to keep up with rising rent costs.

Despite that, she’s managed to graduate high school in only two years, get a full-ride scholarship to Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was captain of the cheerleading team and was voted prom queen. Oh, and this all happened while she was working a 25-hour a week part-time job. 

If that isn’t some exceptional #BlackGirlMagic, nothing is. (Besides Beyoncé practically walking on water last night at the BET Awards).

“As a student, she is a natural-born leader,” said Eugenia Young, principal of Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. High School., according to ABC.

“The more and more she’s 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,” she continued.

As far as her motivation to work harder and not delve deeper into a life that could consume many others, Tyree has always looked towards the future.

“Quite frankly, I’m just ready to go and live life,” she said. “I know there’s a better life out there for me.”

She also has a message to anyone else going through similar struggled.

“It gets better,” Tyree said. “If you work hard enough, if you have that drive, if you have that motivation, it gets a lot better.”

Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Destyni Tyree

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