- Rawlin Tate has smashed academic records in his school and has emerged a valedictorian
- The teenager became the first black valedictorian in his school's history
- Apart from being a whizkid, Rawlin is active in sport, plays the piano and is a burgeoning rapper
A young man from Georgia, US, Rawlin Lee Tate Jr, has shattered academic glass ceilings and has set an enviable record while at it by becoming a valedictorian. According to a report sighted by Briefly.co.za the 18-year-old has reportedly made history as the first Black male valedictorian in his high school.
His academic exploits have pushed him to secure $1.3 million in college scholarships alone. Rawlin Tate himself shared a list of his academic accomplishments to prove that even though it looked easy on the outside, a lot of work had to go into it.
Among many other exceptional results, Tate scored a 4.7 GPA, was the top of his class for seven years and was named a Georgian Scholar.
He also took 21 AP courses and not once scored a grade lower than 98% in all the courses he took.
Tate, following the sterling performance, has been accepted to 14 colleges including Ohio State, Florida A&M University, Georgia Tech, Rose Hulman, University of Georgia and North Carolina A&T.
Tate has however settled on North Carolina A&T where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering on full scholarship.
Aside from being book smart, Tate plays two sports and was inducted into seven national honour societies. He was also a part of the school's band, taught himself how to play the piano and is a rapper.
Despite all the success he achieved, he said he knows he has more to learn and he is not afraid to ask questions.
In more Briefly.co.za reports, the story of Emmanuel Nworie breaks hearts as he had to turn to petty farming as a way to eke out a living despite graduating with a first class in mathematics. The Cable reports that it would have been better if he was into mechanised farming.
It should be noted that the 27-year-old brilliant graduate lost his dad to diabetes and hypertension when he was still in primary school, a situation that made life very difficult for him. As a way to survive, he became a mathematics teacher for a while at the same secondary school he finished at.
Despite receiving the award of the Best Mathematics Olympiad teacher, his salary was just $33.33 per month. With savings from his teaching job, he was able to save some of his annual salary and pay for further education at a polytechnic institution.
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