Ahmed Muhammad, a 19-year-old from Oakland Technical High School in Tennessee, US, made history as the first-ever black male valedictorian of the school. He recently completed his first year at Stanford University where he is studying Computer Engineering and achieved an impressive 4.05 GPA out of 4.3 points, equivalent to 94% of the grade points available.
Ahmed gained attention during high school for his business, “Kits Cubed”, which offered science education for kids. He told KTVU that the classes at Stanford were not too dissimilar from what he was expected to do in high school. “I didn’t understand why they were expecting so much in high school, why they were tough on me, but now, come to college, I’m directly applying what they taught me”, he said.
Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, praised Ahmed’s hard work and extracurricular activities. “We are very proud of the history that Ahmed made as Oakland Tech’s first Black Male Valedictorian in its 106-year history, and we know he will take the brilliance of Oakland with him as he tackles his next academic challenge at Stanford University”, Johnson-Trammell told TODAY.