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HAPPY HEADLINES: History-Making Valedictorian

Black history has no age requirements.

That is true for high school senior Shanelle Davis.  A student at Benjamin Cardozo High School in New York, Shanelle has recently been announced as her school’s 2014 valedictorian—and is the first Black student to receive the honor. Shanelle received the accolade over 844 other students.

“It’s an incredible honor. It’s still surreal to me,” she told CBS New York.

Though she was surprised to hear the news, Davis is honored to be yet another motivating story about young people doing great things. From Queens, she is the first in her family to attend a four-year college.

Shanelle, a Milken Scholar, will also be attending Harvard University on a full scholarship this fall and hopes to inspire any Black students that may come after her: “I can be an example for them…So maybe next year they’ll have another African-American one.”

Read the full story here.

Congratulations to Shanelle and we wish you the best!