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Reading: Black student awarded $1.7 million in scholarships and accepted into 49 Colleges
Reading: Black student awarded $1.7 million in scholarships and accepted into 49 Colleges

Black student awarded $1.7 million in scholarships and accepted into 49 Colleges

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Black student awarded $1.7 million in scholarships and accepted into 49 Colleges
Black student awarded $1.7 million in scholarships and accepted into 49 Colleges

Tytianna Smith, a senior graduating from Lafayette High School in Lafayette, Alabama, has achieved an incredible milestone. She was accepted to 49 out of the 50 institutions she applied to, and has been awarded a total of $1.7 million in scholarships. Although she was not accepted to her first choice school, Stanford University, she firmly believes that God is guiding her to Norfolk University, the place she feels she was always meant to be.

Before graduating, Smith had already set lofty objectives for herself, such as attending a school on the falling school list, wanting to lift the bar and prove that despite attending a failing school, she is not a failing student. Her academic GPA of 4.6 and ACT score of 29 certainly helped her reach her goals. On top of that, she also served as the Co-Drum Major this year, helping the entire band to get ready for five games without a band coach. In addition, she is a founding member of “Warriors of Women”, an organization dedicated to supporting women in their fight against society’s unfair standards.

Despite being accepted to 49 schools, Smith was still having a hard time choosing between predominantly white institutions and historically black colleges and universities. She ultimately decided to trust in her faith and her relationship with God. “I follow God & I don’t care what anyone says. I thought he was leading me to Stanford but I’m confident the final destination was Norfolk and Stanford was just a part of the journey,” she said. With her hard work, dedication and faith, she has achieved an amazing feat of being accepted to 49 schools and earning $1.7 million in scholarships.

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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.