Georgia Teen Earns 4.7 GPA and Makes History as School’s First Black Male Valedictorian – Video


18-year-old Rawlin Lee Tate Jr. has a lot to celebrate. With a 4.7 GPA, the high school senior is the first Black male to be valedictorian in Woodland High School’s history. Holding the highest grade point average in his class also helped him earn over 1.2 million dollars in scholarships. Over the course of his high school career, Tate took 21 advanced placement courses and never earned anything lower than an A.

“My lowest grade from my high school career was a 98,” Tate told Because of Them We Can. Recently named a Georgia Scholar by the Georgia Department of Education, Tate’s academic resume earned him 14 college acceptance letters to schools like Ohio State, Florida A&M University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse, Howard, Rose Hulman, Hampton, University of Georgia, North Carolina A&T and Tuskegee amongst others.

When he wasn’t studying or doing homework to maintain his A average, he was busy with extra curricular activities and school related clubs.

In addition to playing two varsity sports, being a member of the band and being inducted into seven national honor societies, Tate made time to hone his musical skills as a concert pianist and recording artist. To celebrate his accomplishments, Tate posted a remix of Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag” to his Twitter account. In just 24 hours it already has close to 250,000 views. His opening line set the tone for the remake.

“This right here is my swag, 4.7 GPA I just secured the bag.” He credits his success to God and his ability to stay focused. “My advice to others is to always stay humble and do your best, and don’t get preoccupied with competing.” Tate has decided to take his talent to North Carolina A&T in the fall. He’s attending on a full academic scholarship and is planning to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Susana MonteroYour efforts in gaining an education are commendable, stay humble and continue to be an example and an inspiration to others. Congratulations and God bless!

Jodi DiggsCongratulations to you you championed on. You truly put a lot in, and you got a whole lot out of your efforts.

Wishing you the best in all of your endeavors you truly lead by example. Yo hard work will notBe unnoticed

Christi ScreetchCongratulations young man. We need more young men like this to excel above and beyond. Thank you for being an amazing leader for the young men coming behind you. This generation needs it so much and more. Keep God 1st and keep pressing for GREATNESS

Vivian FlickThis may not make people sad but it does me. Just say he made valedictorian and picture of him not his race.I have biracial kids and I would just like them to say her name and her accomplishments not their race. He is just a very smart young man. Congratulation .wish you much success.

Ralph YoungHe should be congratulated for his hard work. And it should be mentioned how all his hard work got him there. But they have to point out his race instead. It’s pathetic!! And some people wonder why this country is in such a horrible state. Nice job young man

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