A high school senior coming from a low-income community became the first black valedictorian of South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, while also achieving the highest GPA ever recorded at the school.
Timi Adelakun, a senior at South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, became the first black student to be named valedictorian while also achieving the highest GPA ever recorded at the educational institution.
The 18-year-old had an astonishing 5.604 GPA. Adelakun admitted that the numbers even surprised him, in spite of the fact that school officials had already indicated to him long before his senior year that he was on his way to a history-making great average at the school.
Adelakun was also astounded to be named the first black valedictorian of South Broward High School.
Adelakun has also been involved in student clubs, serving as the vice president for the physics club, as well as the district representative for the school’s award-winning theater competition.
At the South Broward High School’s virtual graduation ceremony, Adelakun will deliver his valedictorian speech.
Coming from a low-income community, it means a lot in general because of the way I was brought up,” Adelakun told ABC News.
The 18-year-old’s parents are from Nigeria. His father came to the US approximately 28 years ago as a student in 1981. He is the youngest of three children. Neither of his parents attended college.
Adelakun is regretful that his father won’t be present to help celebrate his accomplishments and big moment. His father was deported over a decade ago, adding that the family is still fighting to bring him back to the United States.
“He’s missed out and it’s not his fault,” Adelakun said. “It’s not any of our fault.”
What’s even more impressive is that, besides all the intense schoolwork Adelakun has done to achieve such a stellar grade average, he has also had to work on the side to help the family pay bills in the absence of their deported father.
Adelakun worked side hustles such as graphic design and photography to earn money to help his mother overcome financial obstacles.
Adelakun was accepted at over a dozen colleges including the University of Southern California, Columbia University, and the Juilliard School among others.
However, after graduation, Adelakun plans on attending the private liberal arts school of Pomona College, in Claremont, California where he has received a full scholarship that he says meets everything he is looking for in terms of an overall college experience.