High school student makes history by earning a 5.6 GPA and becoming his first Black valedictorian.

Statewide — Timi Adelakun, a graduate of South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, made history by being the institution’s first African American valedictorian and by earning the highest GPA in school history—5.6—in her final year.

It currently has a 5.6045. Adelakun told WSVN, “I think after graduation it’ll go a little bit higher, but that’s my number,” adding that “it’s good to know” that he made school history.

Adelakun said that he is grateful to his school for helping him maintain his stellar academic record. He made use of the American College of Education programs, AP classes, and Broward College courses offered by the institution, which enable students to earn college credits while still in high school.

I’ve been taking over 20 college-level courses, and as a result, my AP, Ace, and dual enrollment credits help me raise my GPA, he claimed.

In addition to his academic success, he finds time to indulge his love of theatre. He participates in performances and competitions as a member of the theatre club and the Thespian Honors Society. Even in college, he desired to pursue both.

Adelakun received acceptance letters from eight universities, including the University of Miami, Columbia University, Julliard, UCLA, the University of Southern California, Berkeley, The University of Chicago, and Pomona College. He couldn’t visit the colleges because of the coronavirus pandemic, so he had to make his college choice from home.

“I’ll be a student at Pomona College. I received a full scholarship from the institution, so my expenses will be paid if I enroll. I choose that college since I can double major there, and it is a liberal arts institution. I study theatre, and molecular biology said Adelakun.

Adelakun is looking forward to what lies ahead for him, although he could not attend the customary graduation ceremonies owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

He declared that I’m eager to ascend to new heights and perhaps step outside of my comfort zone.


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