A Black teenage girl in the New York State is being reckoned for her top academic achievement as valedictorian with a perfect class attendance record in her entire academic life.
The 17-year identified as Ashanti Palmer graduated at Nellie A. Thornton High School in Mount Vernon, NY.
As such, she received 18 college admission offers and a sum of $430,000 in scholarships.
The sum will cover all her expenses related to her four year Biomedical-Engineering Degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“There were days when I did not feel like gong to school, but I knew if I missed a day then I were behind, so I pushed through.” She said.
The high school’s District Superintendent, Kenneth Hamilton praised Ashanti for being a perfect example to other young people.
“Ashanti’s achievement in the Mount Vernon Schools have been nothing short of remarkable. We strive to ensure our students graduate from here college and career resdy, and Ashanti is a testament to that goal,” he added.