Local Student Earns Four-Year Scholarship To The United States Military Academy

From the L.A. Times:

Despite a life of hardship, he’s headed for West Point

Throughout a turbulent upbringing and the dangers of South L.A.’s tough streets, Tyki Nelworth kept focused on his studies. It has paid off with a four-year scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy.

Adversity has stalked 18-year-old Tyki Nelworth. His mother is in prison, his father is deceased, and for years he was bounced from home to home.

But the senior at Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles kept focused on his academic goals. He took Advanced Placement classes in English, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics, and nailed a 4.23 grade-point average.

Last week, he got his wish: He was accepted and received a four-year scholarship to the United States Military Academy.

“For me to make it to West Point, that’s a big statement,” said Nelworth, who plans to study engineering at the academy in upstate New York. “It means the sky’s the limit.”

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