Jamaican girl creates history by becoming her school’s first black valedictorian!

Jamaican girl Shanelle Davis first black valedictorianShanelle Davis, a Jamaican student in New York, has made history by becoming the first black valedictorian for her high school.

According to the online edition of The Queen’s Courier, the high flying 17 year old has been selected for the honour by Benjamin Cardozo High School and will thereafter move on to Harvard University on scholarships granted by the prestigious university and several other organizations.

Her parents, both from the island of Jamaica, couldn’t afford a college education, but were determined that Davis, 17, would be the first in the family to earn a higher degree.

Shanelle’s parents instilled in her the importance of education.

  

Shanelle, take up a book,” she recalled her parents saying; an injunction that generations of Jamaican children can relate to.

Davis, a resident of Jamaica, Queens, did not confine herself to her academic studies. She is a member of her school’s track team and has participated in various clubs and other extra-curricular activities.

She took seven Advanced Placement classes, and is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and the Gateway Pre-College Education program.

She’s also involved in academic enrichment organization Legal Outreach, through which she has participated in debates and interned at law firms in New York City.

Additionally, the high achieving young woman has assisted struggling elementary and middle school students prepare for state exams through Future Educators of New York.

Of special importance to Davis is that she will be the first member of her immediate family to attend university.

“We are living out [my parents’] dream and mine without paying anything,” she said, reflecting on the importance of her achievements, not only for herself, but for her ambitious family.

  

SOURCE: The Queen’s Courier

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Moya Rich
8 years ago

amazing, congrats

Tee McIntosh
8 years ago

Awesome

Marjorie Grant Clarke
8 years ago

Congrats girl, keep up the good work, must be a jamaican

Sydonnie Council
8 years ago

Great News proud of you keep it up

Kass Lindsay
8 years ago

Congrats! I love to see when Jamaicans excel. I am happy for you. God bless you.

Rubena Henlon
8 years ago

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! You have made us proud

Christine Bygrave
8 years ago

You go girl. Congrats

Eleanor Scarlett
8 years ago

Congratulations young lady, my late mother told us that education was the key to success. Those words are true.

Winnie Hinds-Mendez
8 years ago

Another Jamaican creating history every day!!!!!

Winnie Hinds-Mendez
8 years ago

Another Jamaican creating history every day!!!!!

Arlene Anderson
8 years ago

Wow u have done verrrrrrrrrry well

Sania SassyblessednSwaggin Green

Great job girl….Jamaicans to the worl

Sania SassyblessednSwaggin Green

Great job girl….Jamaicans to the worl

Kimberly Willoughby
8 years ago

Congrats….keep it up!

Dahlia Hines
8 years ago

Am very proud of u. Good job.

Yvonne Morrison
8 years ago

Keep the FLAG flying in the name of Jesus

Dario Oznerol Vanhorn
8 years ago

Most Jamaicans excel abroad in those high schools, what is the motive for success? This motive needs to shared with our low performing schools

Sonja Anderson
8 years ago

these are great when i tell people that jamaicans sstudents work hard i wish they could see how well these students perform many of them are not priveleged like othe counterparts but the still succeed i know they work hard bing a pass teacher of jamaica i wish to congratulate these students on their good work keep it

Sonja Anderson
8 years ago

these are great when i tell people that jamaicans sstudents work hard i wish they could see how well these students perform many of them are not priveleged like othe counterparts but the still succeed i know they work hard bing a pass teacher of jamaica i wish to congratulate these students on their good work keep it

Omari Tafari
7 years ago

I Don’t know you but I feel like a part of u family….feel so proud….let no one or nothing stand in your way from becoming the gengenius u are….one love….

Nicki Burgess
7 years ago

Awesome. Congratulations, keep striving. “Upwards ever, backwards never!”

Trevor Williams
7 years ago

A so we stay

Dinah Davis
7 years ago

Amazing. … congratulations and keep it up… all the best

Joan Rose Palacios
7 years ago

Outstanding – Congratulations!!!

Valerie Owen
7 years ago

Congratulations on your achievements

Sandra Chamberlain-Thomas

Awesome

Kathy Morel
7 years ago

Dat a mi gyal, irie!

Wintworth Hudson
7 years ago

Congratulation,the sky is the limit.you are the leaders of tomorrow and the world

Eniluap Nosliw
7 years ago

Congrats

Burnice Burke
7 years ago

Fantastic all the way from the UK x

Denese Grant
7 years ago

congrats girl

Cynthia Thomas
7 years ago

Jamaicans always do well…nice..awesome…job….great.

Anthonette Walker
7 years ago

Stories like these of young Jamaicans going abroad and excelling/achieving warms my heart. WE ARE UNIQUE….LOOK OUT !!!!! we have a fantastic surfer in the making…..

Dave Neil
7 years ago

Lift up your head girl and just hold it up HIGH, this way you’ll win the prize..(sung to Everton Blender’s song)

Marcia Scarlett
7 years ago

You go girl!!! The sky s the limit!!!

Cynthia Willis
7 years ago

This is awesome! Congratulations and I am so proud of you and I proud to be Jamaican!
All the best to you!

Janet Thomas
7 years ago

Thank you soooooo much!

Gloria Scarlett
7 years ago

If you dream it you can achieve it. Excellent !!

Marlene Cherry
7 years ago

Good job,keep it up

Suzette A. Dunkley
7 years ago

AWESOME GIRL… CONTINUE ON YOUR JOURNEY WITH GOD ON YOUR SIDE

Alrick Mckenzie
7 years ago

Way to go ..

Michael Thomas
7 years ago

Congratulation,Girl you make us proud,and to Jamaican all a round the world,let us take this example.God bless.and your Parents

ELisa Em
7 years ago

Can anything good come out of Jamaica? Bet your ass it can!

Angella Davis
7 years ago

So amazing
Proud of you

Jacqueline Banhan
7 years ago

Well done girl I am so proud of you continue to excel

Suzette Fletcher
7 years ago

Congrats Shanelle!! ……Continue to excel in your studies!

Gardia Peat
7 years ago

Congrats to my fellow Jamaican,keep our banners high,proud to be a Jamaican.

Ezra Samms
7 years ago

Go Chan,Harvard mi sey.

Prudence Stoddart-James

Continue climbing young lady. Well done

Zandra Smith
7 years ago

Our children only meed a chance