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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Black Teen From Louisiana Named Valedictorian and Receives Nearly $1M in Scholarships From 13 Colleges

Cur'Dericka Rice

Nationwide — Cur’Dericka Rice, a 17-year-old African American girl from Monroe, Louisiana, graduated valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a remarkable 33 on her ACT. What’s more, she earned nearly $1 million in scholarships from 13 universities.

Rice attributes her success to the support and guidance of her teachers and parents.

“Walking into college, goals that I have are just to keep my head on straight and continue to make the people around me proud. But, as far as academics, I’m just up for the challenge because I’m ready to be challenged, and do the best that I can,” Rice told KNOE.

In the fall of 2024, Rice will begin her college career at Louisiana Tech University, where she plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. Her ambition is driven by a desire to combat environmental pollution and minimize its impacts.

Moreover, Rice encourages others to chase their dreams no matter what.

“Even if you don’t think it’s possible, you should still strive to excel and go beyond whatever the goal may be, because you never know what you can do. If you doubt yourself and count yourself out you won’t even be able to live up to that potential because you didn’t even try,” Rice said.

As she prepares for college, Rice looks forward to tackling the challenges ahead and continuing her academic success.