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Teen Founder Who Became The First Black Valedictorian At His High School Finishes First Year At Stanford With A 4.05 GPA

Ahmed Muhammad continues to level up. The Oakland teen who went viral after launching a science education business for kids has officially closed out his first year at Stanford with a 4.05 GPA. Previously, Muhammad touched the world when he became the first Black valedictorian to graduate from the Oakland Technical High School. What’s more, he credits his most recent success to the skills he learned throughout high school. “My classes at Stanford in terms of how I approached them weren’t too much different from what my teachers required of me in high school,” said the 19-year-old in an interview with KTVU. “I didn’t understand why they were expecting so much in high school, why they were tough on me, but now, come to college, I’m directly applying what they taught me.”

Shanique Yates

Jun 29, 2022

This Oakland Teen Started A Nonprofit to Introduce Youth to the Wonders of Science

We could all learn a lesson on time management from one high school senior, Ahmed Muhammad. He finds time to juggle playing basketball, take college courses on top of his high school classes, and design science kits for his nonprofit. According to Because of Them We Can (BOTWC), Muhammad launched Kits Cubed in March 2020 to provide kids with hands-on science experience. It was this very experience that was used in his college admissions essay and now he will be the first person in his family to attend college following his recent admission into Stanford University. “It was a dream come true,” he said, according to CNN. “It still doesn’t feel real.” The Oakland Technical senior says he drew inspiration from his kits while babysitting his niece and nephew. He says it was his nephew’s dislike for science that compelled him to start the nonprofit. “He literally loved everything, and then when I brought up science, he doubted himself,” shared Muhammad. “He didn’t believe in himself...

Shanique Yates

Jan 11, 2021