Give the valedictorian title to the student with the highest GPA.
  • Petitioned McGehee School District, Arkansas

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McGehee School District, Arkansas

Give the valedictorian title to the student with the highest GPA.

    1. Bee  Lavender
    2. Petition by

      Bee Lavender

      Portland, OR

An African-American teenage mother, Kymberly Wimberley, earned the highest GPA in her class at Arkansas' McGehee School District.

But a lawsuit filed by the student this month alleges that her district discriminated against her and made her share the honor with a white student - because she was a black teenage mother.

This is categorically unfair. Teen parents are routinely discriminated against and face significant institutional barriers to education. Teen mothers are expected to fail, but Kymberly Wimberley defied both the odds and the stereotypes. She went back to school a few short weeks after having a child, and worked endlessly hard to achieve high grades in advanced placement classes - courses often considered too difficult for even bright students. Kymberly is a committed scholar and she excelled beyond her peers. Without faltering or failing, she achieved high scores. She did not just graduate: she graduated with honours. Kymberly is an exceptional, talented young woman and the fact that she is a black teenage mother does not detract from her accomplishments.

Kymberly Wimberley earned the right to be sole valedictorian of her school.

Tell the school district to give the valedictorian title to the student with the highest GPA.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Washington Times covers next step of campaign

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Times interviewed petition organizer Bee Lavender and featured ColorOfChange + Change.org's petition delivery to Kymberly's school. Click the link above to read the story!

    2. Stay Tuned For Next Steps

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, ColorOfChange.org emailed a board member and the superintendent of Kymberly's school a letter that included links to our combined petition signatures and asked them to contact CoC to explain what they plan to do to address our concerns.

    3. Petition E-Delivery Today

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      We're teaming up with ColorOfChange to deliver a total of 130,000 petition signatures today to administrators at Kymberly's school district.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. 'The Week' Summarizes Valedictorian Coverage

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      'The Week' does a good summary of reactions to Kymberly Wimberley's campaign to reclaim her valedictorian status. Stay tuned for more news about this campaign from Change.org.

    6. Reached 40,000 signatures
    7. Washington Times Writes In-Depth Story On Controversy

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Times has an in-depth story on the situation Kymberly Wimberley of Arkansas is facing - read for added context and details.

    8. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Okie Fields LEBANON, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is ridiculous!!! If anything, this young lady exemplifies the American dream! She's overcome obstacles and not only succeeded, but surpassed!

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    • T'Keyah Crystal Keymah TOLUCA LAKE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      How cruel of them to punish her for this great achievement.

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    • Tina FitzPatrick LOUISVILLE, KY
      • about 3 years ago

      If you have a teenage mother graduating with the highest score...... plaster that story everywhere, proudly. How many teen Mom's keep their grades up and graduate. Be proud that your school was able to achieve such an honorable goal. BE PROUD!

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    • Sherry Gaddy POLKTON, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      WHO MADE THE SCHOOL OFFICIALS GOD? THIS YOUNG LADY HAD THE SCORES TO BE VALEDICTORIAN OF HER CLASS, SHE WORKED VERY HARD FOR THAT~GIVE HER THE HONOR...

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    • Juanita Robinson SILVER SPRING, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      Because the young woman deserves tthe honor

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