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Teen sells newspapers for 5 years to pay for college

Kevuntez King learned keys to success early

Teenage years are some of the most critical times for young people. Making decisions about school, work, friends and enduring peer pressure can be a bit cumbersome. But many teens manage to navigate through those years and make great decisions in the process.

Kevuntez King is a prime example of making good decisions and being undefeated.

At 12 years old, the teenager from Memphis, Tennessee, started selling newspapers on Sundays, earning about $200 per week.

Now at 17, he’s earned enough to pay off college. He was accepted into Tennessee State University in Nashville. He did not have to take out any student loans in the process.

According to The Washington Post, the number of teenagers who hold a job while in school dropped from nearly 40 percent in 1990 to 20 percent in 2015, an all-time low since the United States started keeping track in 1948.

King told FOX13 that he grew up in a single-parent home and his mother’s influence helped pave the way to his success.

“Make sure you surround yourself with people that are trying to go up in life and not trying to bring you down,” King added.

Take a look at King’s story on FOX13.

Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.