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Reading: 18-year-old girl wins best graduating student award in high school, bags $4.5m scholarship to study in 113 US universities
Reading: 18-year-old girl wins best graduating student award in high school, bags $4.5m scholarship to study in 113 US universities

18-year-old girl wins best graduating student award in high school, bags $4.5m scholarship to study in 113 US universities

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18-year-old girl wins best graduating student award in high school, bags $4.5m scholarship to study in 113 US universities
18-year-old girl wins best graduating student award in high school, bags $4.5m scholarship to study in 113 US universities

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18-year-old Aylah Bricks of Twiggs County, Georgia has achieved great success in her academic career, becoming the valedictorian and the most outstanding graduate at her high school. Aylah’s success has earned her $4.5 million in scholarships from 113 universities and colleges across the country.

Aylah also obtained a very selective Gates Scholarship, and was one of the 300 recipients chosen from a pool of 34,000 applicants. The scholarship covers a student’s full tuition and costs including, fees, books, room and board and transportation. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must rank in the top 10% of their graduating class and show involvement in extracurricular and community service activities.

In addition to the Gates Scholarship, Aylah collected an impressive string of awards in her academic career; she was the valedictorian at her high school in the first, eighth and twelfth grades, an achievement she proudly shared on her LinkedIn page.

It is clear to see that Aylah’s hard work, determination and dedication to her studies have paid off, and she is certainly a source of pride for Twiggs County.

“A 3 TIME VALEDICTORIAN (1st Grade; 8th Grade; 12th Grade) AT TWIGGS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL,” she said

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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