NYC High School Student Shanelle Davis Becomes First Black Valedictorian At School

June 20, 2014  |  


From BlackVoices 

It’s one thing to read about black history in high school, it’s a whole other thing to become black history at your very own high school, and that’s just what one student has done.

Shanelle Davis was announced the 2014 class valedictorian out of the 845 students in the graduating class at Benjamin Cardozo High School. She’s made history as the first African-American to do so at the Bayside, New York school.

The teen, who lives in Queens, was surprised to hear the good news when the class rankings came out and the administration told her that a black student had never been first in their class at the school before.

“It’s an incredible honor. It’s still surreal to me.”

Davis’ story is the latest among a number of inspiring stories about students who have defied odds and managed to achieve similar feats.

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