17-Year-Old Girl Makes History As She Becomes The First-Ever African American To Win Best Student Award At US School
Meet Onovu Otitigbe-Dangerfield, a 17-year-old girl who has just broken a 152-year-old record of Albany High School New York as she became the first-ever African American Valedictorian of the school.
Onovu Otitigbe graduated as the best student of the school with a GPA of 4.0.
In the words she told GMA, she said “It’s overwhelming and really surreal to me, especially hearing from Black girls from other schools that it inspired and motivated them, reaching out to me [saying]’it was so nice to see one of us in there.”
She further said that she felt honoured not only for breaking the school’s record but for also representing the black community.
In her words, “It’s not really a win for just me; it’s a win for my community. I feel a responsibility now. I’m not only representing myself. I’m representing a group of people.”
Onovu Otitigbe-Dangerfield aside her academic achievements, also ensured that her mark was felt while she was in school. She served as the president of multiple school clubs, co-captain of the soccer team and co-editor-in-chief of her digital school newspaper.
She enjoys robotics as her favorite subjects in school are engineering classes (robotics, computer science) which are contributing to her pre-engineering diploma.
Congratulations to Onovu Otitigbe-Dangerfield, we wish her greater successes!!
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