Formerly Homeless Black Teen to Graduate as Valedictorian With 8.07 GPA


Nyla Covington, an 18-year-old African American high school student from Raleigh, North Carolina, will be the valedictorian of her class this year, with an excellent 8.07 GPA. She overcame a variety of challenges, including being diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age and experiencing homelessness.

Despite these obstacles, Nyla, a senior at Southeast Raleigh High School, stayed committed to her academics and motivated to succeed. She worked hard to enhance her reading skills, often spending hours reading books and writing. She also used services such as tutoring and extra aid from her teachers.

Nyla has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities throughout her high school career, in addition to her academic successes. She has participated in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and the Student Government Association. She has also participated on the varsity soccer team at her school.

According to Good Morning America, Nyla credits her success to her hard work and the support of her family and teachers. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far without their love and support,” she said.

Nyla plans to attend North Carolina State University in the fall, where she will study biomedical engineering. She hopes to use her education to make a positive impact on the world.

Her mother, Monet, said she is incredibly proud of her daughter’s achievements. “I just want to say how proud I am of her and her accomplishments,” she said. “She has been through so much and has never given up. She is an inspiration to me and to everyone who knows her.”

Nyla will deliver the valedictory address at Southeast Raleigh High School’s graduation ceremony later this month.

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