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17-Year-Old Nigerian-American Boy Graduates US High School and University Simultaneously

A 17-year-old Nigerian-American boy, Adrian Ottah celebrates his remarkable fest of graduating high school and college in the same week.



A brilliant 17-year-old Nigerian-American boy, Adrian Ottah, has achieved the remarkable feat of graduating from both high school and college in the same week.

Adrian completed his high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously through an exceptional program at University High School in Newark, where college professors teach college-level courses to select students.

Born to Nigerian parents who immigrated to the United States shortly before his birth, Adrian was driven by his parents’ sacrifices and dreams.

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“My true motivation was my parents, my immigrant parents. I know they didn’t have the opportunity to do this, so when I had the opportunity, I just took it and ran with it,” he said.

Adrian’s parents moved to the United States seeking better opportunities for their children. “For greener pastures. I heard in America you could live your dream, so I said OK, let me go see that dream,” his mother, Mariam Watson, explained.

While at University High School, Adrian earned 60 college credits, despite the challenges of juggling both high school and college-level coursework.

“I’m graduating with over a 3.0 GPA in college classes while also maintaining a 3.5 GPA in high school,” he noted. His mother expressed immense pride in his accomplishments.

Adrian’s achievements are a testament to his dedication and a way to honor his parents’ sacrifices, aiming to change the trajectory of his family in a single generation.

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SOURCES: ALLSCHOOL, SCHOLARSHIP REGION

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