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Kevuntez King: This Teen Paid For His College Tution by Selling Newspaper for 5 Years

Kevuntez King always knew he wanted to get a college education. So at the age of 12, he started selling newspapers, with the goal of saving money to pay for his tuition. Every Sunday for five years, rain or shine, King stood on the corner of Poplar Avenue and Estate Drive in Memphis selling newspapers. After 5 years of selling newspapers paper, Kevuntez who was making $200 every Sunday, now has enough money to pay for his entire college education.

Mr. King was recently accepted into Tennessee State University, where he will be a freshman in the Fall. Kevuntez was raised in a single-parent household by his mom, who he said taught him “how to be independent like she had it, (and) she just wanted me to go get it myself.” During an interview, 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.”

“Education – that’s the key to my success, that’s my way out,” King said.

This ambitious young man has some sound advice for anyone who might think their dreams are unreachable: “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.”


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