Ashanti Palmer earned $ 430,000 in scholarships, after she missed a day of school during her time at Nellie A. Thornton High School.
The young woman graduated from Nellie A. Thornton High School and the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program, and achieved perfect attendance throughout her educational career.
She would continue to receive multiple scholarships worth more than $ 430,000 to cover all expenses related to her four-year pursuit of a biomedical engineering degree at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“Ashanti’s accomplishments in Mount Vernon schools have been extraordinary,” said Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District.
“We strive to ensure that our students graduate from here college and career ready, and Ashanti is a testament to that goal. Her record of perfect attendance during her many years in the District has helped build a foundation of academic excellence that she will use in the next chapter as a student at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “
Palmer during her farewell speech said:
“Being named valedictorian feels good because it shows that all the hard work I have done over the years has paid off, and that effort is celebrated in a big way,” said Palmer. “In terms of my perfect attendance, it was not something I was looking for. I knew showing up to school every day was important, because even missing a day can delay it. It wasn’t until the tenth grade that I realized I hadn’t missed one day, and then I wanted to keep the streak going. “