A New Jersey teenager is celebrating the unique achievement of being named valedictorian in her high school and her college simultaneously.
Daniela VelazquezThe 18-year-old celebrated the school’s highest honor when she graduated from Passaic Preparatory Academy with a 4.576 GPA.
Taking advantage of the school’s early college program, he joined Passaic Community College in 2020. For the past two years, he attended school virtually. She graduated with a 3.99 GPA and an associate’s degree.
“This is a great program for my high school students, especially because my city is a low-income area, so credit to the college helps us a lot with financial problems that we might stumble upon in the future,” she said. Told New York Post.
Despite her heavy curriculum – high school classes in the morning and college courses in the afternoon – she was still able to participate in regular high school activities. He starred in the school musical for theater program, worked on student government, and launched the school’s first chess club.
As a first-generation Mexican American, graduating high school, let alone going to college, was something that reflected her family. She revealed that her mother did not pursue it beyond fourth grade. Instead, she stayed at home and looked after her younger siblings.
“My mom put on my gown, hat, and cords and told me I was graduating high school for her,” Velazquez said. “It’s definitely a moment that I repeat in my head often.”
Velázquez will start school at Columbia University on a partial scholarship this fall. She intends to study psychology and film studies twice.