Tue. May 21st, 2024

School in Hollywood, Florida, has made history for being the
school’s first Black valedictorian and for having a 5.6 GPA – the
highest ever in the school’s history.

“As of now, it’s a 5.6045. I think by graduation it’ll go a little bit
higher, but that’s my number,” Adelakun told WSVN, citing that “it’s
good to know” that he made history in the school.

Adelakun shared that his grades have always been outstanding and
he is thankful for his school that helped him keep it up. He took
advantage of the school’s American College of Education programs
that allow students to receive college credits while in high school,
AP courses, and Broward College courses.

“I’ve been taking over 20 college courses worth of credit, and
because of that, my AP credits, my Ace credits, and my dual
enrollment credits boost my GPA,” he said.

Aside from his academic achievements, he also makes time to enjoy
his passion for theater. He is a member of the drama club and the
Thespian Honors Society where he has been doing shows and
competition. He wanted to do both even in college.

Adelakun was accepted into 8 universities including the University
of Miami, Columbia University, Julliard, UCLA, the University of
Southern California, Berkeley, The University of Chicago, and
Pomona College. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he wasn’t able
to tour the schools, so he had to decide which college to go to from
his home.

“I’m going to attend Pomona College. The school gave me a full
scholarship, so if I go there it’s covered for. I chose that school
’cause it’s liberal arts, and I’m able to double major. I’m doing
molecular biology and theatre,” Adelakun said.
Even though Adelakun wasn’t able to attend the usual graduation
rites due to the spread of coronavirus, he is looking forward to
what’s coming next for him.
“I’m excited to go onto new heights and kind of go out of my
comfort zone,” he said.