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Katie Washington To Become 1st Black Valedictorian From Notre Dame

 

The University of Notre Dame is known for making history on the football field, but now thanks to a woman from Gary, Indiana they are making history off the field as well.

Katie Washington, a major of  biology and minor in Catholic social teaching will make history next month as the first Black valedictorian from the University of Notre Dame.

“I am humbled,” said Washington to the Northwest Indiana Times. “I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now.”

Washington definitely sets the precedent, holding a 4.0 GPA.

Although university officials said they couldn’t recall ever having a Black valedictorian, they also stated that they don’t keep record of their race

With all of the “firsts” going on right now, there is no reason for anyone not to feel they can rise above any circumstance.

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  • CHI

    Right on Sista

    • Pat

      Congratulations to you!!! I am so proud of you as though you were my daughter. You are a trend setter and the best part about it is that you are humble. I pray that GOD will continue to bless you as you move on this journey. Stay focused, remain humble to HIM, and most of all stay in prayer.

      I hope to meet you when I come to Hopkins as my daughter will be your classmate. Nevertheless, you are now my daughter as I share the joy and pride your mom hold in her heart.

      God bless you and see you in August in Baltimore.

  • Reality

    Congratulations Katie Holmes, a pace setter for sisters and brothers.

  • allaboutit

    get it, girl

  • Bill

    Go ahead on girl!

  • H.B.I.C.

    beautiful black woman making history! do your thing sistah!

  • pat

    You did it! We stand up , congratulate, and thank you for your hard work. You represent us all so well….

  • http://naaahrsofla.org Kayjb

    My 10 year old daughter is using this article for her current events. Very motivating for girls to go into the sciences. Prayers for a healthy future.

  • Mrs. L. Wallace

    Congrats Katie. This is quite an achievement. I’m proud of your accomplishments and know your family is too. You’ve set your path, know go for it. Never give up. It slow a little, but never quit.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. L. Wallace
    5th Grade Facilitator
    Rochelle School of the Arts
    Lakeland, Florida

  • Mrs. L. Wallace

    Congrats Katie. This is quite an achievement. I’m proud of your accomplishments and know your family is too. You’ve set your path, know go for it. Never give up, never quit!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. L. Wallace
    5th Grade Facilitator
    Rochelle School of the Arts
    Lakeland, Florida

  • chali gholston

    congrats ma we all ova indiana/da world r sooooooo happy n proud of u ma i pray my daughters r next<3!

  • Pastella Williams

    Congratulations Katie. You are truly an inspiration to all young ladies, especially African American young ladies. In addition, to your beauty inside, you are beautiful outside, as well. Keep up the great work and much success to you always.

  • paula smith

    Congratulations, Katie, on your accomplishments!! Your family as well as the world, are crying tears of joy!

  • Melinda Woods-Smallwood

    Congratulations Katie on such a wonderful accomplishment/achievement. It definitely goes to show, “With God All tThings Are Possible.” Continue to follow in the path that the Lord leads you. To God Be The Glory!

    • Paula Smith

      You are so right, Melinda, “To God be the Glory!” Katie has lived a perfect example of putting God first! There should be no question as to HOW she has arrived to this point. This beautiful young lady has put her faith in God, and only He has carried her through. I am so proud of her for her FAITH in God!!

  • N.M.

    One school fact about young KATIE WASHINGTON not often mentioned is that she attended the Banneker Achievement Center in Gary, a public elementary school that for years has recorded the highest or among the highest test scores in the state of Indiana. The principal there, Sarah Givens, is a strong advocate of the “all children can…” philosophy .. meaning that gifted and talented can be developed among ALL children, regardless of income, neighborhood, race, or ethnicity, if given the right environment for learning.

  • http://www.3CTVLive.com Alray Johnson

    Katie Washington,
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    I would love to send a small production crew to document your presentation to your class Sunday May 16, 2010.
    Will you grant our business (in writing) or call, (610-306-9492), your permission to video document your speech and class presentation? It is our hopes that the Uni. of Notre Dane will allow us a direct connection to the Internet from the Football Stadium, to inable our company to web-stream you speech to the world. Any assistance you may give to us will be as if, you are sharing this moment to all young Afro-Americans and “Blacks” in general, to strive to be their best. Others can achieve what you have accomplished. All they need is support and encouragement. They too can achieve to be their best.
    I hop you allow us this great opportunity. Time is near and we must determine if what we are attempting will succeed. With your direct help, together we can pull this off!

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    3CTVLive.com
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