Tobechukwu an intelligent Igbo girl has just broken the barrier as the first Black valedictorian in Alvin High School’s 125 year history.
Apart from being an A – student accademically, Tobechukwu Phillips is also a decorated volleyball and track athlete. She is a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, the president of the National Honor Society and an AP ambassador.
The Texas high school was first established in 1894 and integrated with African-American students in 1965.
Speaking on her success , Tobi” Phillips also known as Tobechukwu the intelligent Igbo girl, “Maintaining the highest GPA in my class is a difficult task. It truly takes time management but more importantly acknowledging what you do it for. I know that I am no longer just representing myself.
Tobechukwu earned a cumulative 6.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale, placing her at the top of her class. She only took AP courses aside from her electives and earned all A’s all four years in the courses. Out of a school with approximately 2,800 students only 86 are Black students.
Tobechukwu said my biggest advice to other scholars of colour is to truly adopt the mindset of Rosa Parks ‘No.’ Do not conform to the stereotypes that have held us under thumbs for so long.
“Do not be discouraged when someone speaks out against you, simply allow what they say to fuel your fire. But more than anything, do not remain tight-lipped. Stand up for what you believe in and take it upon yourself to be the change you’ve always wanted. Say ‘No’ to the ways of the world and stick out.”
“Maintaining the highest GPA in my class is a difficult task. It truly takes time management but more importantly acknowledging what you do it for. I know that I am no longer just representing myself,” Tobechukwu said that Because of Them We Can.
The high school senior received the Full-Ride Forty Acre Scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin. It is the most prestigious scholarship that UT offers. Out of 4,000 students, only 16 were chosen. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“She is an excellent student from a loving family,” Jennipher McGraw her track coach said.
Presently, Tobechukwu is set to attend the Nursing School at UT in the fall. She plans to one day own her own clinic as a pediatric nurse practitioner. As a valedictorian, Tobi had a useful word of advice for other youths like her.