#BlackExcellence: 15-Year-Old Memphis Student Gets A Perfect Score On The ACT

A Memphis 15-year-old high school sophomore recently got some pretty great news. He got a perfect score on the ACT (American College Testing) exam, LocalMemphis.com wrote. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science.

Dwight Moore, a student from Christian Brothers High School, got a 36 out of 36 on the college entrance standardized test– a feat that only less than one in every 1,000 people will achieve, NBC-affiliate WMC noted.

Moore, who has taken the exam before, kept getting a better score each time he took it.

“In 7th grade, I got a 26, in 9th grade I got a 33, and in 10th grade I got a 36,” Moore told WMC.

But he admits that when he got these most recent results, he thought it was a mistake.

“I sat there in shock for a second. There is no way this is right. It didn’t have the writing score so I thought this was just a placeholder for later so I am not getting my hopes up when the writing score came out too, I actually got a 36,” Moore told Local Memphis.

His school was elated when they heard the news of Moore’s accomplishment and encouraged the community to rally behind him. In a statement, CBHS principal Chris Fay wrote, “Please join me in congratulating sophomore Dwight Moore for his perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT,” said  “Dwight is an incredibly polite and humble young man, who is respected by both his peers and teachers. He is a model student at CBHS.”

As did Twitter:


What are Moore’s next steps? Not sure; he said he hasn’t decided what college he wants to attend or what he wants to major in. Well, what we do know is that with test scores like this, the scholarships will be mounting.

Congrats Dwight! This is truly amazing.


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You are not your circumstances. That statement couldn’t be any more true for the phenomenal Trameka Pope, a Chicago high schooler who graduated at the top of her class at Chicago’s Wendell Phillips High School, even though she was homeless and a teen mom. After giving birth to her daughter when she was in the 8th grade, Trameka was determined to make her life count. “I didn’t give up. I pushed myself hard. And my baby motivated me every day because I wanted to provide for her and I also didn’t want to be a statistic,” Pope said.

And if graduating at the top of her class despite all odds wasn’t enough, she’s received over $600,000 in scholarships and over 26 college acceptance letters! What?! Talk about Black excellence!

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Trameka kicked high school’s butt! She was a cheerleader, worked at a grocery store and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has also been taken college preparatory courses at a local college. This girl is making us reevaluate our lives!

That age-old phrase, “It takes a village” is real! Trameka didn’t do this alone. Her support system primed her for success. Her high school guidance counselors helped her apply to college, staff from Chicago Public Schools took her on college tours and the rest was up to the ambitious and amazing teen. This is the kind of teen mom that MTV should be highlighting. Message!

Pope plans to attend Western Illinois University and hopes to get her Ph.D. in social work. We’re all the way here for her. Congrats! Way to teach your daughter that nothing is impossible!


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BEAUTIFUL NEWS: Michigan Teen Earns 3 College Degrees In High School & Is Also The Most Amazing Person Ever

We love Black excellence. 19-year-old Jasmine Cofield graduated from high school last year with three college degrees. Say what?! While most of us are struggling through college, trying to earn one degree by the time we’re 22, Jasmine is out here earning three!

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While attending Mott Middle College, which is where Jasmine completed all of her high school courses, she also studied at Mott Community College. According to Black Home School, the Middle College is a transitional program that integrates high school classes and college classes. The students end up graduating from the Middle College with a high school diploma and 15 college credits. Cofield earned three Associate degrees from Mott Community College before she even got her diploma. And she did it all while keeping a 4.0 average all through community college and ended high school with a 3.97 GPA.

Jasmine still went to college, even though she’s already got plenty of credentials. She is now a senior at Central Michigan University, where she’s on full scholarships to cover he Bachelor’s degree. She is studying to become a Physician’s Assistant in Neuroscience.

Jasmine is so impressive. She recently won the 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award. This award is given to college student who have empathy for others and are capable of finding practical solutions to problems that plague their communities. So not only is Jasmine brilliant, but she’s got a golden heart! She’s traveled all over the United States with the Alternative Break program, where she has helped rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and helped transfer facilities treating HIV/AIDS patients to a more modern location. This year, she’s headed to Honduras with Global Bridges, volunteering at clinics that provide necessary services to struggling communities. We’re so in love with this amazing teen!


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Harold Ekeh, an impressive 18-year-old high school senior, has the toughest decision ever to make: He’s been accepted to every college he’s applied to, including all eight ivy leagues. What’s more incredible is that we remember a very similar story from last year from another amazing Black teen, Kwasi Enin, who faced the same incredible fate and chose Yale. Talk about making your momma proud!

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“It was crazy. My mom sat next to me and it was just letter after letter after letter. I couldn’t believe it,” Harold told DailyMail as he recounted the five minutes when acceptance emails came in from Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, NYU, MIT, Vanderbilt and SUNY Stony Brook. Following the overflow of great news, he did something any teenager would to — he went to Chipotle with his friends for a half-steak, half-chicken burrito bowl for his “perfect” celebration.

With a staggering score of 2270 on his SAT’s, it’s clear Ekeh is a scholar. At Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, New York, he serves are the editor-in-chief of his student newspaper, as well as chief executive of the Model United Nations.
And it’s no wonder why Ekeh wrote a personal essay that resonated with every college he went after. In it, he described his family’s struggle in fitting in after immigrating to America, as well as his parents’ continuous inspiration for him to keep pushing for his best.
No matter how many times they got knocked down, they stayed positive, and kept telling me that the secret to success in unbridled resolve,” Ekeh says.
What a kid! We love these kinds of stories because young Black men need encouragement right now more than ever and it’s kids like Ekeh who prove that Black excellence is abundant.
And the young scholar humbly appreciates his gift, but he knows it’s not magic or luck, “I just worked hard and took every opportunity that was afforded to me.” He knows the sky is the limit and even preaches that same sermon to his younger brothers.

But that doesn’t mean his decision will be easy.
I’m torn because each school offers something different, and there are so many different things I’m looking for,’ he said. ‘I want to go to a good school where I can study hard, but I also want somewhere where I feel comfortable; somewhere I could imagine calling home,” he says. Harold has his sight set on Yale, but is open to his golden opportunities.
When he finally does choose a school, Ekeh says he is thinking of going into neurosurgery to study Alzheimer’s because his grandmother is currently suffering from it.

His proud parents have been sharing the good news on their Facebook pages, exclaiming, “Bless the LORD! Congrats Son, in Jesus’ name!”

Paul Ekeh, the young man’s father, says, “It was like a thunderbolt. I didn’t doubt that he could achieve good things but it was the sweep that made it so different. I don’t know how to say how I feel. It’s amazing.!”

It really is! Keep shining Harold Ekeh!


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