Carah Allen, Valedictorian at Cedar Hill High School in North Texas, Receives Rare Gates Scholarship

High school graduations are always special and whether kids choose a school close to home or move away the time is the unofficial transition into adulthood. No one knows that better than a young lady graduating on May 31 from Cedar Hill High School and she has more than one reason to celebrate.

Carah Allen has never broken stride in her time at Cedar Hill High. “I’ve been the same rank all four years,” she said. “So, my family is like ‘it’s just another thing that Carah did.'”

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But make no mistake, Carah graduating as Cedar Hill’s valedictorian is not the same old song. It’s a tune of triumph to say the least.

“Me and my mom were running around saying ‘How am I going to pay for school? How is this going to happen?’ And then, April 20th came and I finally got a scholarship. Because we’ve been struggling financially, so to have that… it really was a blessing.”

On April 20 Carah received a letter that will forever change her life. She was one of 300 students in the country (out of 37,000 applicants) to receive the Gates Scholarship… as in Bill and Melinda Gates. It’s a scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors from low-income households.

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SOURCE: CBS DFW, Keith Russell

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