KNIGHTDALE — Eben Evbuomwan says she enjoyed and thrived in high school courses so long as she could comprehend the subject at hand.
Apparently, there was very little she was unable to grasp. That’s why Evbuomwan’s grade point average was 4.78, and why she will deliver the valedictorian speech at Knightdale High School’s graduation ceremony this Monday.
Knightdale’s top student of the class of 2013 is set to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, where she plans to major in biology – a good fit for someone who spent the last two years working with N.C. Project SEED, an American Chemical Society research program.
Evbuomwan said graduate school, possibly medical school, may follow. She’s not sure what she wants to do, specifically, at this point but knows her career will be in the field of science.
“I understand it easily and can apply it to the world,” she said of science. “It’s more universal than other subjects, like social studies.”
One high school course, however, proved to be an exception to the general rule that she enjoys and soaks up all things science-related with relative ease.
“I didn’t like psychology,” Evbuomwan admitted. “I never understood it.”
Evbuomwan moved from Nigeria to the Knightdale side of Raleigh seven years ago. She caught the final two weeks of her fifth grade year at Lockhart Elementary before attending East Wake Middle School.
During her transition from the middle school to Knightdale High she realized she wanted to lead her high school class in academics. She set a goal, sacrificed a fair amount of her personal time and hit her mark, and said “it feels amazing.”
“It wasn’t that tough, because in my mind my education always comes first,” Evbuomwan said. She said her mother and father, Aiyeudubie and Usunobun Evbuomwan, always emphasized that mentality.
When not tied to a textbook, Evbuomwan passed her time on the computer or playing with her brother and sister, Usunobun Jr. and Adanegbe Evbuomwan.