A Nigerian – born teenager, Tobechukwu Phillips has shattered the 125 academic history of her high school in Texas , US.
Phillips, a student of Alvin High School boasted a 6 . 9 GPA, after she earned A ’ s throughout her stay in the school. She emerged the first Black valedictorian in the school’s history.
Alvin High School was originally established in 1894. African -American students were allowed to join the school in 1965.
Speaking to Because of Them We Can , Phillips said , “ Maintaining the highest GPA in my class is a difficult task . It truly takes time management but more importantly acknowledging what you do it for . I know that I am no longer just representing myself. ”
Phillips had a word of advice for other students. She said , “My biggest advice to other scholars of colour is to truly adopt the mindset of Rosa Parks — ‘ No . ’ Do not conform to the stereotypes that have held us under thumbs for so long , ” she explained. “ Do not be discouraged when someone speaks out against you , simply allow what they say to fuel your fire . But more than anything , do not remain tight – lipped . Stand up for what you believe in and take it upon yourself to be the change you’ve always wanted . Say ‘ No ’ to the ways of the world and stick out . ”
Phillips will attend the Nursing School at the University of Texas on full scholarship later in the year . Her plan is to one day own her own clinic as a pediatric nurse practitioner.