Tobechukwu Phillips, Nigerian-born Teenager Breaks American School’s 125-year Academic History

A Nigerian – born teenager, Tobechukwu Phillips has shattered the 125 academic history of her high school in Texas , US.

Tobechukwu Phillips, Nigerian-born Teenager Breaks American School’s 125-year Academic History

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.

Uzonna Anele
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.


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