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High school student makes history by earning a 5.6 GPA and becoming his first Black valedictorian.

Across the state — Timi Adelakun, a South Broward High School graduate in Hollywood, Florida, made history by being the school’s first African American valedictorian and obtaining the highest GPA in school history—5.6—in her final year.

It currently has a rating of 5.6045. “I guess after graduation it’ll go a little bit higher, but that’s my number,” Adelakun told WSVN, adding that “it’s good to know” he made school history.

Adelakun expressed gratitude to his school for assisting him in maintaining his outstanding academic record. He took advantage of the institution’s American College of Education programs, AP classes, and Broward College courses, which let students to earn college credits while still in high school.

I’ve taken more than 20 college-level courses, and my AP, Ace, and dual enrollment credits have helped me boost my GPA, he stated.

In addition to his academic achievements, he finds time to pursue his passion for theatre. As a member of the theatre club and the Thespian Honors Society, he takes part in shows and competitions. Even in college, he wanted to do both.

Adelakun was accepted to the University of Miami, Columbia University, Julliard, UCLA, the University of Southern California, Berkeley, The University of Chicago, and Pomona College, among others. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, he couldn’t tour the colleges and had to make his decision from home.

“I’ll be attending Pomona College.” The college has given me a full scholarship, so all of my expenditures will be covered if I enroll. I chose that college because it allows me to double major and is a liberal arts college. Adelakun remarked, “I study theatre and molecular biology.”

Adelakun is excited about his future, despite the fact that he was unable to attend the traditional graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus outbreak. He stated that I am eager to reach new heights and possibly venture beyond of my comfort zone.

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