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17-year-old African American girl emerges high school valedictorian with 4.00GPA, wins $1million scholarships to 13 US universities

A 17-year-old African American girl named Cur’Dericka Rice has emerged as her high school valedictorian with a 4.00 grade point average and was awarded a $ 1 million worth of scholarships to 13 universities in the United States.

Rice from Monroe, Louisiana graduated from Richmond High School, Louisiana with a perfect 4.00 grade point average which earned her the award of the overall best graduating student of the school. Aside from her perfect grade, she also scored a remarkable 33 on her ACT.

These outstanding performances earned her 1 million dollars in scholarships from 13 universities and colleges across the United States. Rice credits her success to her teachers’ and parents’ support and guidance.

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“Walking into college, goals that I have are just to keep my head on straight and continue to make the people around me proud. But, as far as academics, I’m just up for the challenge because I’m ready to be challenged, and do the best that I can,” she said.

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Rice mentioned that she will begin her college education at Louisiana Tech University, United States where she plans to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. She said her ambition is driven by a desire to combat environmental pollution and minimize its impacts.

Advising other students, Rice encourages them to chase their dreams no matter what and should for no reason give up on their goals.

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“Even if you don’t think it’s possible, you should still strive to excel and go beyond whatever the goal may be because you never know what you can do. If you doubt yourself and count yourself out you won’t even be able to live up to that potential because you didn’t even try,” she said.


Rice stated that in her preparation for college, she looks forward to tackling the challenges ahead and continuing her academic success.


In another story, a young lady named Tera Poole has broken the 176-year-old record of the University of Maryland emerging as the institution’s first-ever black valedictorian.

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Tera Poole made history as the first-ever black person to be made a valedictorian at the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry since the inception of the university in the year 1840.

Tera also made history as the first-ever black valedictorian in the first dental college in the world. She mentioned in a celebratory post on her Instagram that the Univesity of Maryland’s School of Dentistry was established 76 years ago before slavery was abolished in the U.S. Read more about Tera HERE.

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