A New York teen has made history by becoming the first black valedictorian in the history of her high school.

Shanelle Davis, a senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, will be graduating at the top of her class.

From CBS News York:

“It’s an incredible honor. It’s still surreal to me,” she said. Davis, who lives in Jamaica, Queens, said she didn’t realize she was making history until the student rankings were announced.

“Out of 845 students and mine said number one. And then afterward I was speaking to administration in the school and they’re like ‘you know we’ve never had an African-American (valedictorian) before.’ Then that’s how I found out,” she said.

Read more at CBS New York

Davis, who is a Miliken Scholar, plans to attend Harvard University this fall. She will be the first in her family to go to a four-year college.


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