Nigerian Lady Emerges Overall Best Student in New York Varsity

A 20-year old Nigerian, Alaba Ann Tam Danagogo, who hails from Ijaw, Rivers state has emerged as the 2021 overall best student in Syracuse University New York, USA.

She graduated with distinctions in Biology Major and minor in English and textual studies, among other accomplishments. She was also awarded the prestigious 1870 scholarship by the university for another four-year Medical Studies.

The Dean of the School of Arts and Science in the university, Prof. Karin Ruhlandt, said among Danagogo’s academic accomplishments are the Deans List Honors, Distinction in Biology and the highest recognised 1870 Syracuse University scholarship offered by the Office of Admission of the university.

She was the valedictorian for her graduating set and was selected as a Senior Class Marshall of the university.

In his remarks, posted on the university’s website, U.S President Joe Biden, who is also an alumnus of the institution charged the university’s 2021 graduating class to remain resilient and purposeful to positively change the world.

Alaba was also recognized as a Distinguished Syracuse University Scholar, having graduated with a 3.97 CGPA in a four-point system.

Receiving her valedictory award, Alaba stated that although the journey was not an easy one, she had always promised herself to remain the best regardless.

She said

“The journey was tough but I made the promise to myself to do my best and make my time at Syracuse University special for me.

“I hope to gain the necessary scientific skills to care for those in need and also bring my thoughts to bear through literature and creative writing.”

Addressing fellow students, she stated that flexibility and resilience were the keys to her academic success.


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