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High school senior defies odds, earns national scholarship

High school senior defies odds, earns national scholarship
Posted at 11:17 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 10:48:24-04

In St. Landry Parish, college seemed out of reach for one high school senior.

Port Barre High valedictorian, Sedonia Davis, is 1 of 300 students in the country to receive The Gates Millennium Scholarship. The first generation student will have all financial costs covered through the scholarship.

Sedonia Davis' grades and hard work has attracted dozens of scholarship offers for the high school senior.

Davis has racked up more than a million dollars worth of scholarship funds, including The Gates Millennium Scholarship, she's one of 300 students in the U.S. chosen for the scholarship and the second student at Port Barre High School to receive it.

"It's pretty much a full ride to any school I want to go to in the United States, so I'm really happy to know that I'll get to go to school without any loans," said Davis.

Davis plans to attend Tulane University in New Orleans and major in pre-medical. Davis is the first person out of her immediate family to attend college.

"I'm really grateful for the opportunities and I'm also a first generation student so this is all new to me. My mom is a single parent as well so you know it was a lot of moving around and things as
well with financial stability. But I didn't let that stop me from gaining my successes and working in anyway I ended up," said Davis.

While her high school career is over, she preparing to give her class one final message as valedictorian.

"I have to write a speech and honestly didn't start yet but it's okay diamonds are made under pressure that's my motto," said Davis.
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