Rawlin Tate, Jr., a senior at Woodland High School is graduating at the top of his class. On Friday. he graduated with a 4.7 grade point average, making him the FIRST African-American male to become the valedictorian in Woodland High School history. He has taken 21 AP courses and it is reported that a 98 is the lowest grade on his transcript
Tate said, "I'm not a genius. Stuff doesn't just click all the time for me. "I have to go in to tutoring. I have to study to see how I can get the correct answer. I always ask questions in class. I always go to my teachers. So, it's a lot of behind the scenes work, as well."
Ms Bell, a previous AP teacher of his believes, Tate's story should spread inspiration beyond students. She said, "Just because you reach a wall doesn't mean you have to stop. You can push through that. He is an embodiment of that."
Rawlin has been accepted to over 12 colleges and universities across the nation, racking up over $1.2 million in scholarship money. His heart is leading him to North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) where he will study mechanical engineering. "NCAT is the top producer of black STEM graduates. It tops all colleges in graduating black engineers. The school is also one of the top 25 producers of African-Americans with degrees in the physical sciences, computer science and math; in the top 50 universities in the nation for graduating African-Americans with bachelor's degrees in biological sciences", as reported by hbcu-colleges.com. Seems like Rawlin made a great college decision here! The world awaits you Mr. Tate, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you.