A 17-year-old African-American boy named Myles McCants has made history as the first black valedictorian of Haines City High School, United States after scoring an outstanding 4.40 cumulative grade point.
Myles McCants is a teen from Florida who made history as the first-ever black valedictorian and also the first male best-graduating student of Haines City High School, Florida in the United States.
He said he is happy about his achievement and also excited to be honored alongside his childhood friend who also was the second-best graduating student.
“I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet,” Myles told GMA. “I’m glad that Aria is right there next to me. If I were to lose the spot, I’d definitely want it to be to her,” he added.
Despite being an excellent student in his academics, Myles was also active in extracurricular activities. When he is not studying, he participates in clubs like Future Business Leaders of America and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).
He was also the president of the student government in his final year. Myles also played golf and basketball. Myles took Advanced Placement (AP) classes and earned college credits while in high school.
Myles expressed his gratitude to his sister, Taylar-Simone McCants, for her support. He advised other students to always do 70 percent of their homework at school when there’s time stating that it helps.
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Myles said he would be attending the University of South Florida to study political science. He added that he would like to be a transactional attorney after law school.