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Reading: 8-year-old girl becomes youngest person ever to receive a scholarship to university of North Texas
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8-year-old girl becomes youngest person ever to receive a scholarship to university of North Texas

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8-year old girl becomes youngest person ever to receive a scholarship to university of North Texas
8-year old girl becomes youngest person ever to receive a scholarship to university of North Texas

Recently, 8-year-old Jordin Phipps made history at the University of North Texas (UNT) after her social media video went viral. The video featured Phipps wearing a UNT t-shirt and chanting a motivational slogan from her elementary school: “I will pay attention and I will do my best and I will study hard for every test!”

This message caught the attention of UNT’s President, Neal Smatresk, who was so impressed that he awarded Phipps the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership along with a $10,000 scholarship. Additionally, he guaranteed her admission to the school’s class of 2030, making her the youngest person to ever be accepted.

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At a recent assembly at Phipps’ elementary school, she was surprised by UNT’s representatives who presented the scholarship and had cheerleaders perform for and pose with Phipps. When asked what she intends to major in, Phipps said she is unsure but is considering engineering.

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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.