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17-Year-Old Teen Sells Newspapers, Makes Enough To Pay For College

And he hasn’t even started school yet.

(Video: Q13 Fox)
(Photo: Commercial Appeal)

For the last five years, 17-year-old Kevuntez King has been waking up every Sunday at 3:45am to sell newspapers on a Memphis street corner with one goal in mind - save up enough money for his entire college education. Mission accomplished. In five years, King has sold enough papers to earn $200 a week to attend Tennessee State University in the fall and study physical therapy debt free.

The three-sport athlete has a 4.0 GPA and is ready to take on the world. “I’m a very determined young man,” he tells the Commercial Appeal.

The Memphis native grew up with a single mother and it was her influence that fueled his passion for success. “She just taught me how to be independent like she had it, (and) she just wanted me to go get it myself,” he said. “When it came down to school, my mom didn’t have to come out of pocket to do anything or I didn’t have to take out any loans to go to school.”

King’s story is one of not only success, but patience. His words of wisdom: “Make sure you surround yourself with people that’s trying to go up in life and not trying to bring you down. Just stay positive and always believe in yourself and push for it.”

Stay positive, believe in yourself and push for it, words we can all live by.

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