Frisco Senior Receives US Presidential Scholar Award – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
By: Rachael O’Neil | CBS 11 news
FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An outstanding student at Frisco received a one-time honor last week: an award recognized by the President of the United States.
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“I wasn’t prepared for it at all! I really just opened the email and said, “Oh my god!” And I was like ‘mom! I can’t believe it, ”said Labiba Uddin, valedictorian of Wakeland High School in 2021.
Labiba, 17, is one of five Texas students to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars in 2021 – an award that recognizes academic, technical, or artistic achievement. The valedictorian spent countless hours studying for the SAT and tests. This is an effort for which she is grateful.
“Not everything always works out,” said Uddin. “There are a lot of things that I didn’t get. People only ever see success, but there are a lot of flaws behind it, but it feels like it all paid off. “
Labiba’s father, Mohammed Uddin, says he is proud of his daughter, but her accomplishments come as no shock.
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“She is really very well organized and does it perfectly in her work – in the best possible way. I don’t have to worry whether it’s academic or other work, ”said Mohammad Uddin.
And the celebration doesn’t stop there. When Labiba was 4 years old, she said prayers to attend Harvard University.
Now, 13 years later, her dream is coming true. She will be at Harvard this fall to study molecular and cell biology.
“I’ve said that so many times, but it just feels so surreal! Everything in the past couple of months has been a shock to me! I just feel blessed for whatever comes my way, ”said Labiba.
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The senior citizen started online tutoring for students in grade K-12 as early as 2019. She plans to continue this through college.