A high school valedictorian in Alabama who boasted about her accomplishments on social media is getting backlash from peers.
Mari Filer, from Tuscaloosa, graduated at the top of her class with an impressive 4.56 GPA. She also earned over $2 million in scholarship money.
The teenager, a graduate of Central High School, tweeted:
“Graduated as valedictorian with a 4.56 GPA, over 24 college credits, and over 2.8 million dollars in scholarships! Shoutout to God!”
Graduated as valedictorian with a 4.56 GPA, over 24 college credits, and $2.8 million in scholarships! S/OtoGOD❤️ pic.twitter.com/f7Myk45Yhy
— mari. (@__simplyMari) May 18, 2016
“This type of success is available to anybody,” she told WIAT News 42.
Filer also informed the news station that she had earned admission into 39 colleges and universities. The valedictorian ultimately decided to attend Florida A&M University, her father’s alma mater and a historically black university located in Tallahassee, Florida.
The 2015-2016 estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate students at Florida A&M University is $20,388 for in-state students and $32,330 for out-of-state students. Filer has earned enough scholarship money to cover first-year tuition for about 61 out-of-state students or 98 in-state students.
Her tweet went viral online with over 44,000 retweets and more than 83,000 “likes” from users. While many were impressed by her accomplishments, others responded with snarky remarks.
— ㅤㅤ (@basedkaka) May 19, 2016
@iNeverChill ever take any AP classes and participated in extra curricular merits activities? Thought not.
— Terricka Tyndell (@ginger_melt) May 24, 2016
4.56 GPA, on what scale??? What school costs $2.8 million? https://t.co/ktEALi6kl6
— Noah (@Noah4theWin) May 19, 2016
— Licorice2 (@Liccorice2) May 19, 2016
She addressed her critics by telling WIAT News:
“When I post my accomplishments or awards, I always give God the credit because it’s his to give. God is not done with me yet.”