Tobechukwu Phillips, a teenager born in Nigeria, broke her high school’s 125-year-old academic record in Texas, USA.
Phillips, who earned A’s all through her Alvin High School stay, boasted a remarkable 6.9 GPA and is now her school’s first Black Valedictorian.
Alvin High School was established in 1894 but only began allowing African American students in 1965.
Speaking during her success speech, Phillips said:
“Maintaining the highest GPA in my class is a difficult task. It truly takes time management but more importantly acknowledging what you do it for. I know that I am no longer just representing myself.
“My biggest advice to other scholars of colour is to truly adopt the mindset of Rosa Parks — ‘No.’ Do not conform to the stereotypes that have held us under thumbs for so long.
“Do not be discouraged when someone speaks out against you, simply allow what they say to fuel your fire. But more than anything, do not remain tight-lipped. Stand up for what you believe in and take it upon yourself to be the change you’ve always wanted. Say ‘No’ to the ways of the world and stick out.”