Kayla Willis, a student at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia, is being congratulated after being accepted into more than 30 colleges.
Willis shared a photo of her section of the high school wall where college acceptance signs are posted on Feb. 24. She quickly was revered as Black Excellence once social media users saw the number of schools placed under her senior portrait.
” I kinda didn’t want to post this,” the teen captioned the image. “But someone said ‘the whole world needs to know how great you are’ so here we go twitter!”
According to 11Alive, Willis, who scored 1160 on her SAT and maintains a 3.95 GPA, applied to more than 40 schools and received 31 acceptance letters. She also received nearly $1 million in scholarship offers.
She told the local news outlet that she wanted “to show them that someone who made an average SAT score who has good grades – someone can make it and do that type of thing.”
“I wanted to inspire people and show them that you can actually dream big and get to where you want to go,” she added.
Willis accepted a full-ride scholarship to Fisk University and will major in international business and Spanish.
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