Kyanna Woods, an African American student from Concord, North Carolina, who was born with two holes in her tiny heart, has graduated top of her class with scholarship offers of over $2.5 million from multiple universities.
Kyanna was born with a heart defect that eventually compelled her to undergo life-saving open heart surgery at 3 months old.
Although the doctors warned her parents, William and Kourtney, about the idea of sighting that she may face difficulties with walking, sports, and learning, Kyanna proved them wrong. She did not only excel in her academics but also in sports.
At Cabarrus Charter School in Concord, Kyanna graduated as the valedictorian, a well-deserved recognition for her stellar academic performance. Most recently, she earned her associate’s degree, further cementing her academic success and commitment to education.
Kyanna’s hard work was well compensated and came in the form of acceptance letters from a resounding 61 colleges. Among them were prestigious institutions such as Xavier University, the University of South Carolina, Spelman College, and Appalachian State University.
The scholarship offers extended to her totalled an awe-inspiring $2.5 million.
Her parents, William and Kourtney, expressed how proud they are of their daughter, who is often called a miracle child.
“It’s just a blessing to see what she can do and what she has done,” her mom told a local media outlet. Kyanna acknowledges the vital role her family has played in her success. “They are super important. I love all of them to death,” Kyanna said. “They are my unwavering cheerleaders when I need the motivation.”
Reacting to the general ambience of success, Kyanna stated ”
“Many people have called me a miracle child,” Kyanna said. “I accept it with open arms because it is the truth.”
Meanwhile, Kyanna chose to attend the Xavier University of Louisiana, an HBCU, where she will pursue her pre-med studies in psychology, courtesy of the valedictorian scholarship.