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Oakland Technical High School’s First Black Male Valedictorian In School History Accepted Into 11 Colleges

Oakland Technical High School was founded back in 1914. For the first time in the school’s 107-year- history, a young Black man has been named valedictorian. According to San Francisco Chronicle, 18-year-old high school senior Ahmed Muhammad will officially be named the top student of his class next month. Following that, he’ll be preparing to start his college career with 11 different acceptances to choose from, including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Princeton and Columbia. “It feels amazing. I’m grateful to be accepted to any single college, but 11 of them? I had never imagined this,” Muhammad told KTVU. He also told San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s an awesome feeling to know that all the hard work I put in and all the support and love I received paid off. It’s pretty cool I was named valedictorian.” While maintaining a 4.73 grade point average overall and a 5.0 so far during his senior year, Muhammad has juggled rigorous college courses, played on the varsity basketball team and...

Apr 22, 2021

Black Teen Martin Folsom Perseveres Through Homelessness to the Top of His Class

In a time where Black people have so many threatening factors working against us, young people are still shining stars in academic excellence. According to ESSENCE , Jacksonville teen, Martin Folsom — a graduating senior from A. Philip Randolph Career Academies — successfully secured the title of class valedictorian despite battling homelessness through his school years. Graduating at the top of his class was no easy task, but Folsom saw it through proving there’s nothing that can stop determination. “It means a lot and it gives me a sense of all I’ve done and all I have accomplished was worth it,” Folsom said in a video addressing Duval County Public Schools’ class of 2020. “It’s been a rocky road, a lot of hardships. But seeing myself now about to graduate, about to go to college—it feels good knowing all the stuff I’ve done was worth it.” Folsom grew up living in shelters, but above it all, he was able to serve as class president from his freshman to senior year and his peers...

Jun 2, 2020

Meet Nicholas Johnson, the First Black Valedictorian in Princeton’s 274-Year History

Students all over the country have had to adjust to the new normal in addition to being uprooted from their respective schools and colleges mid-semester. Class of 2020 has especially endured their fair share of hardships over the last two months, but still, they persevered and crossed the finish line. As college graduates all over celebrate this exciting chapter of their lives, Princeton University’s Nicholas Johnson is celebrating a major accomplishment of his own. The university revealed Johnson made history for the class of 2020 and Princeton being named the school’s first Black valedictorian on April 27. Nicholas Johnson, an operations research and financial engineering concentrator from Montreal, has been named valedictorian of #Princeton20 . Congratulations, Nicholas! 👏 — Princeton University (@Princeton) April 27, 2020 The operations research and financial engineering major is also the first valedictorian in his department’s 21-year history,...

May 8, 2020