Florida high school recognizes Jeffrey Francis, Darrell Worrell as 1st African-American valedictorian, salutatorian
Share this @internewscast.com


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s graduation day for Ribault High School seniors. Two young men at the Jacksonville, Florida, school are making history.

It is the school’s first time that the top two students in the class are both African-American young men.

“In elementary school, my sister graduated 8th in her class, actually from here, Ribault High School. From there, I kind of aspired to be number 1,” said valedictorian Jeffrey Francis. “I seen that there weren’t many African-American men who were valedictorian. So I wondered how I could inspire other African-American young men if I was valedictorian.”

Their grades have been finalized, assignments turned in and their speeches written.

“I wanted to get rid of a generational curse. You know, like a lot of my family, some of them didn’t graduate,” said salutatorian Darrell Worrell.

Surprisingly, the two are friends, not rivals, who climbed the ranks together. They’re the two students with the highest grade point average out of their class of nearly 300, WJXX reported.

RELATED: https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-urban-prep-college-signing-day-scholarships-bronzeville/11870088/

“Becoming salutatorian kind of more so fell in my lap. I did work hard for it, of course, but it definitely was like, oh I’m moving up in ranks,” Worrell said.

If a long list of extracurricular and an associate’s degree before a high school diploma is considered falling into your lap, then sure. Both teens have a long résumé.

While they were sitting there, they both discovered they are making history in more than one way.

“We just found out,” said Worrell said. “I’m also a first generation college student.”

The two said they’ve learned a few things throughout their four years of high school.

“You can do anything you set your mind to do,” Francis said.

“And there is nothing wrong with being smart,” Worrell added.

Both are looking forward to their next step in Tallahassee as Francis heads off to FAMU and Worrell to FSU.



Share this @internewscast.com
You May Also Like
US announces $820M in Ukraine aid, including missile systems

US announces $820M in Ukraine aid, including missile systems

WASHINGTON — The U.S. announced on Friday that it will provide Ukraine…
Summer casual: Alec Baldwin, 64, and Hilaria Baldwin, 38, were seen taking a stroll in The Hamptons on Saturday

Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria Baldwin sport casual looks as they enjoy a summer day in the Hamptons

Alec Baldwin and pregnant wife Hilaria sport casual looks as they enjoy…
Cristiano Ronaldo tells Manchester United he wants to leave

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Manchester United he wants to leave

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return could prove to be short-lived. Just 11…
Zhou Guanyu's car flipped over at the British Grand Prix after a crash with George Russell

Zhou Guanyu and George Russell involved in horror crash at the British Grand Prix

Zhou Guanyu survives horrific crash on first corner of the British Grand…
Ohio police officers shot fleeing Black man dozens of times, lawyer says

Ohio police officers shot fleeing Black man dozens of times, lawyer says

Police killed Jayland Walker, a Black man in Ohio, by shooting him…
Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake to hit open market this offseason

Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake to hit open market this offseason

CLEVELAND — Aaron Judge may not be the only free agent the…
Maternal poverty levels are higher in trigger law states

Maternal poverty levels are higher in trigger law states

Data shows that women in most trigger law states are less likely…
Tents are seen at the UNHCR's Ifo Extension camp outside Dadaab, eastern Kenya, 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Somali border

Ilhan Omar suggests Minnesota is worse than a Somali refugee camp

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said that her arrival in Minnesota exposed her…