A young African-American boy named Jeremiah Daniels has made history as the first black valedictorian of Boca Ciega High School, United States after scoring an outstanding 4.60 cumulative grade points.
Jeremiah Daniels is a teen from Florida who was awarded the second-best graduating student of Boca Ciega High School, Florida in the United States.
Jeremiah set a record as the first Black male after graduating with a 4.60 cumulative grade points which made him the second-highest ranking in his graduating class in the school’s 69-year history.
“I’m just glad for the opportunity to be able to create Black history and be a part of something bigger,” Jeremiah said.
Jeremiah’s mother, Brittney Daniels, said her son’s achievement was a milestone he had wanted to achieve since the start of his high school career. She also mentioned that he excelled remarkably in his academics from an early age.
“He told his father and me four years ago that he wanted to be the salutatorian, and we knew that he could achieve it in the end. For him to work at it, year after year, straight As, since third grade,” Brittney Daniels said told the news outlet.
“He’s very academically inclined. As a kindergartner, he taught himself how to get on a laptop, get on a computer, and go onto programs by himself,” she added.
Jeremiah attributes his growing abilities to his teachers, saying they have consistently motivated and inspired him to engage in learning and achieve his goals.
“I would say the teachers, for sure, that definitely challenged me, on the challenges itself, like learning something new and being able to say, ‘I can understand it,’ and actually being able to use it and apply it to different situations,” he said.
Jeremiah advises other teens like him to persevere even in the midst of storms so they too can create their own success stories. “Don’t let obstacles stop being away and just continue to grow and push through,” he said.
After graduation, Jeremiah said he is heading to Florida State University where will be majoring in Computer Engineering.