Meet Ashanti Palmer, she not only graduated high school as a valedictorian but also with perfect attendance.
She hasn’t missed a day from pre-K through high school, according to Mount Vernon City School District.
That over 4600 days!
“In terms of my perfect attendance, it wasn’t something that I sought out,” she said in a statement released by her school district. “I knew that showing up to school every day was important, because even missing one day can set you back.”
Palmer said she didn’t realize she never missed a day of class until her sophomore year at Nellie A. Thornton High School. At that point, she wanted to keep the streak going.
“Ashanti’s achievements in the Mount Vernon schools have been nothing short of remarkable,” Kenneth R. Hamilton, Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent, said in a press release. “We strive to ensure our students graduate from here college- and career-ready, and Ashanti is a testament to that goal.”
She also received over $400,000 in scholarships as she continues her education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
“Being named valedictorian feels good because it shows that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years has paid off, and that effort is being celebrated in a big way,” Palmer said in the press release.
The senior plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering and medicine, following RPI’s pre-med track, according to the press release.
She told WABC her long-term goal is to open her own research company that focuses on employing women of color in STEM fields.
This is Black Girl Magic!!!
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