A Nigerian female student named Tobechukwu Tobi Phillips recently made Nigerians proud as she outdid herself by earning a 6.9 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale.
Tobechukwu Tobi Phillips scored a historic record by hitting 6.9 as her GPA pass at the Alvin High School in America.
The school located in Texas, USA, was first established in 1894 and integrated with African-American students in 1965. For the first time in the history of the institution, Tobi Phillips earned a 6.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Tobi earned A's in all the AP courses she took during her four years in the school and this placed her at the top of her class. Out of a school with approximately 2,800 students, only 86 of that number are Black.
Due to her excellent performance, the Nigerian genius received the Full-Ride Forty Acre Scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin. It is the most prestigious scholarship offered by the school. In fact, out of 4,000 students, only 16 were chosen.
It was not all a bed of roses for Tobi Philips.
For one, she had to deal with a number of challenges and jeers from her peers. But, she managed to embrace all these odds in order to achieve her goal.
Apart from being an A-student academically, Tobechukwu Phillips is also a decorated volleyball and track athlete. She is a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, the president of the National Honor Society and an AP ambassador.
Presently, she is set to attend the Nursing School at UT in the fall. She plans to one day own a clinic as a pediatric nurse practitioner. As a valedictorian, Tobi had a useful word of advice for other youths like her.
"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.”
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