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June 21, 2014
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First black valedictorian at age 17

Andre' Williams, STAR Writer

A youngster with Jamaican parentage who recently graduated in the United States, created history at her 48-year-old institution when she became the first black valedictorian.

THE STAR understands that 17-year-old Shanelle Davis, a resident of Queens in New York, will be the first black valedictorian to graduate from Benjamin Cardozo High School.

According to www.queenscourier.com, Shanelle Davis remembers that her parents instilled in her the importance of education.

According to the report, Davis' parents couldn't afford a college education, but were determined that she would be the first in the family to earn a higher degree.

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Not only has Davis become the first black valedictorian, but she will attend Harvard University starting in the fall, on a partial scholarship.

"Even though the valedictorian itself is an honour because not many people get to be the top student in their class, this is an incredible honour, because I've made history," Davis is quoted as saying in the article.

Davis, not only studied hard, but she also took part in various clubs and activities. She is involved in academic enrichment organisation Legal Outreach, through which she has participated in debates and interned at law firms in New York City.

Davis has also helped struggling elementary and middle-school students to prepare for state exams through Future Educators of New York.

THE STAR understands also that, besides academics, Davis has been on Cardozo's track team since her sophomore year.

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