Georgia Teen Who Took 21 AP Courses Is His High School's First Black Male Valedictorian
Rawlin Lee Tate Jr. gained more than $1.2 million in scholarship offers.
May 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm
Georgia teen Rawlin Lee Tate Jr. made history by becoming the first Black male valedictorian in his high school's history. However, his history-making moment is just one of the many achievements the scholar accomplished in the last four years.
Tate has dedicated his life to academic greatness. On Monday, the 18-year-old posted a long laundry list of academic milestones. Among the many things he has done, the Woodland High School student had a 4.7 GPA, earned $1.2 million in scholarships and took 21 AP classes.
"My lowest grade from my high school career was a 98,” Tate told Because of Them We Can.
#ncat #NCAT23 #valedictorian #BlackExcellence— Mercenary (@iammercenary) May 20, 2019
1. First African American male Valedictorian in Woodland History
2. “4.7 GPA I just secured the bag”🤪
3. #1 of my class for 7 years STRAIGHT
4. A Georgia Scholar
5. Over 1.2 million dollars in scholarships pic.twitter.com/lklhMVZjgp
A thread of his accomplishments went viral on Twitter over a period of 24 hours. Nearly 10,000 people retweeted and 35,000 liked his original post.
6. 14 college acceptances— Mercenary (@iammercenary) May 20, 2019
7. 4 Diploma seals :Fine
Arts,International Skills, Beta Club, and GA Scholar
8. Junior Marshall
9. 9 honor cords
10. A member of 7 national honor societies
11. Woodland High best all around senior
12. Atlanta Journal Constitution best all around senior
The Georgia scholar was accepted into 14 colleges including Ohio State, Florida A&M University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse, Howard, Rose Hulman, Hampton, University of Georgia, North Carolina A&T, Tuskegee and more. Out of the 14 colleges Tate was accepted into, he will become an Aggie in the fall.
North Carolina A&T retweeted Tate's post and congratulated him for choosing to be part of the Aggie family.
While he is very interested in achieving academic success, he is also passionate about music. He is a rapper, pianist and member of his school's drum line. If you don't believe us, check out his SoundCloud to hear his talents for yourself.
His advice to people pursuing their dreams is simple; do your best and have humility.
"My advice to others is to always stay humble and do your best, and don’t get preoccupied with competing.”