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Kojo Wallace: Top of His Class

July 24, 2008 | Newsmakers

Like former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Kojo Wallace attended the elite Mfantsipim Methodist boarding school in Ghana’s Cape Coast and studied hard to succeed. His efforts — then and since his emigration in 2006 to join his New York City cabbie father — are paying off. In June, Wallace graduated at the top of his class at Bronx Community College and was named valedictorian. He was also awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship worth up to $60,000 toward his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. Wallace plans to study biochemistry in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon and, ultimately, to work with Doctors Without Borders, the international medical humanitarian organization. “The brain intrigues me because of the way it works; how something that’s almost jelly-like is able to do all the stuff that it does,” says Wallace.
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