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Young African-American girl breaks US high school’s 125-year-old record, emerges first-black valedictorian

A young African American girl named Radisson Banks has broken the 125-year-old record of Blakefield High School after she graduated as the first-ever black valedictorian of the university.

Banks who is also an athlete made history as the first black student to earn the award of Blakefield High Scholl overall best graduating student. She maintained straight As all through her time in the school.

She was also awarded a soccer scholarship to study for her bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington. Aside from being an excellent student, Banks was also involved in different extracurricular activities.

Banks plays club soccer and basketball. She was also a member of the school’s Ecology Club, Fellow Christian Athletes, and Black Student Union.

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Banks’s mother, Marisa Banks said she is proud that her daughter’s name will always be mentioned, and remembered, as the first, as a pioneer, to open the door, and make a path for others to follow.

“Now you know what it looks like, now you know what it’s going to take, so rather than settling for what someone’s telling you, ask the questions,” Marisa Banks said.

Banks stated that she was surprised when she found out she was going to be one of the valedictorians and did not even realize it was going to be history-making or receive a big recognition. 

 

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I told my mom, and she was the first one that I told, and she was like, ‘Wait, what? What did you say?’ I was still surprised. I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big deal. She was like ‘Radisson, this is huge,” she said.

“We’re more than capable. The color of our skin does not define us at all. We all have minds. We’re all capable of doing different things,” Banks added. Bank said she is thankful to God, her families, and Bakersfield High School faculty for all the help and support they received during her time in high school.

Banks mentioned that she will be attending the University of Washington to study Sports medicine on a soccer scholarship. She added that her dream is to be a soccer player on the United States Women’s National Soccer team.

In another story, an exceptional young lady named Carcia Carson has set an outstanding record at Vanderbilt University, United States after emerging as the first-ever black person to earn a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the institution.

Carcia Carson, from Mississippi, made history as the first-ever Biomedical Engineering graduate from Vanderbilt University. She expressed her happiness about achieving the feat describing it as an opportunity to diversify more in the industry.

“I am honored to become the first to accomplish this feat. I look forward to diversifying my industry and continuing the discussion of representation in high-level research environments,” Carcia said. Read More about Carcis HERE.

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