Every Sunday for the past four years, Kevuntez King woke up at 3:45 a.m. to stand on a Memphis, Tennessee, street corner selling newspapers.
Rain or shine, King went to work knowing that each week brought him one step closer to his dream of paying for college.
“I’m a very determined young man,” King told The Commercial Appeal.
This spring, all that determination paid off. King graduated high school as a three-sport athlete with a 4.0 GPA and earned acceptance to Tennessee State University. Thanks to the roughly $200 he earned every Sunday, he’ll be able to pay for college himself.
“Education – that’s the key to my success, that’s my way out,” he told WBRC.
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King attributes his work ethic to the influence of his single mother, who always pushed him to be independent.
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“She was mama and daddy,” he told The Commercial Appeal. “She just wanted me to get out and be independent and try to learn how to be independent early so I can survive in the real world when she’s not here.”
Now, as he prepares to head to TSU where he’ll study physical therapy, he shared his advice for other students facing long odds: “Just chase your dreams, just chase y’all dreams.”