Princeton names Nicholas Johnson its 1st black valedictorian

Princeton names Nicholas Johnson its 1st black valedictorian

- Nicholas Johnson, a Canadian student, has become the first black valedictorian in the history of Princeton University

- A person is chosen as a valedictorian based on their impressive success and how they academically ranked far higher than their peers

- Johnson said that he felt disappointed that there could not be a physical celebration with his classmates during graduation because of Covid-19

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One of the United States' top universities, Princeton, has elected its first black valedictorian in the school 274-year history.

The historic valedictorian, Nicholas Johnson, is a Canadian student who studied in operations research and financial engineering, CNN reports.

While speaking to CNN, he said that being considered for the position holds great importance for him, considering how the school is connected with the institution of slavery.

He added that he hopes the new development serves as an inspiration to black students around the world.

Nicholas had both academic and social achievement in the school. Photo source: CNN
Nicholas had both academic and social achievement in the school. Photo source: CNN
Source: UGC

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Johnson said most of his fond memories were those he shared with close friends and classmates on discussions bordering on beliefs and cultures and how they could contribute to the world in their own special way.

He was also very grateful to the school for their support, especially in how they sponsored his international internship to the UK, Peru, and Hong Kong.

It should be noted that Johnson’s senior thesis has a focus on using algorithms to develop a community-based preventive health programme that could decrease obesity in Canada.

In the summer, he will be looking forward to an internship in hybrid quantitative research and software development at the D. E. Shaw Group.

The achiever said that though it is very dampening not being able to celebrate as a class together in person this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, he is very grateful for all that the school’s administration has done.

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