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Young girl graduates US high school, wins $700,000 scholarships offers to 20 universities

A young girl named Courtney Toran graduated from Nansemond River High School, United States, and was awarded 700,000 dollars worth of scholarships to 20 universities.

Courtney Toran graduated from Nansemond River High School, in Virginia. Upon graduation, she found out that she has been accepted by over 20 colleges and universities in the United States.

Courtney received more than 700,00 dollars in scholarship offers from the high school. Graduating high school is not the only feat she achieved. She recently bagged an associate degree from Paul Camp Community College, United States with honors. 

She took advanced courses in addition to her already full course load which enabled her to be able to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree.

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”It’s a double whammy! I’m so blessed to have received my Associate’s Degree, with honors (Magna Cum Laude), before graduating high school. Thank you God, my parents, family, and friends for pushing me out of my academic comfort zone,” she wrote on her Instagram.

Courtney did not only excel academically while in high school, she was also an All-American cheerleader and served as the senior class president.

She mentioned that she originally planned to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), however, she kept applying to various schools. Before she knew it, she had acceptance letters to 25 colleges, including Spelman College, Old Dominion University, Salem College, and her original choice, Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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“This is a very life-changing experience…It makes me feel proud of myself,” she said.

The Principal of Nansemond River High School, Dr. Shawn Green, said he is really proud of Courtney, counting her as one of his standout students at the school. He added that students like Courtney are the reason the school’s college spotlight wall is why so many students do great things.

Courtney attributed her success to the support of her friends and family, mainly her father. “He’s told me that every time that I say that I can’t, I have to do it, and I can. We have a quote in our house that says ‘Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do.’ It’s a quote by Denzel Washington, and that’s been my motivation ever since,” she explained.

Courtney said she will be choosing Regent University despite having a lot of options. adding that she plans to study psychology, a subject she chose as a result of the current state of affairs in society.

“Over quarantine, there were incidents going on, such as George Floyd, that really motivated me to understand why people think the way that they think,” she said. 

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