Inspirational 17-year-old high school student from Florida graduates with an astonishing 8.07 GPA – even after battling hearing loss, ADHD and a horrific fire that left her family HOMELESS
- Jasmine Mazard-Larry, 17, attended Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School in Florida
- The student, who wants to become a doctor, has achieved breathtaking academic success
- Her path has not been easy as she has had to deal with ADHD, hearing loss and homelessness
A high school major graduated with a staggering GPA of 8.07, more than double the US average.
Jasmine Mazard-Larry achieved her academic success at Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School in Tampa, Florida.
The 17-year-old, who participated in dual enrollment, was able to increase her GPA by participating in advanced placement courses as well as the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education program.
She also earned an associate’s degree from a local community college in addition to her high school diploma — but the student’s journey hasn’t been smooth.
Jasmine Mazard-Larry has achieved an impressive 8.07 GPA – more than double the US average
The 17-year-old, who hopes to become a doctor, said she uses her younger brother as inspiration
Jasmine, who has ADHD and hearing loss, said she initially viewed her diagnoses as weaknesses – but has since realized it has actually helped her build resilience.
Jasmine, who suffers from ADHD and hearing loss, said she initially viewed her diagnoses as weaknesses, recounting ABC News: ‘I was a bit embarrassed. I haven’t really told a lot of people about it.
But she has since realized that it actually helped her build her resilience.
“These are not setbacks,” she said. “They allowed me to be who I am today.”
Not only that, but four years ago Jasmine and her family were left homeless after their house burned down in a fire that seriously injured her father.
Jasmine’s mother, Nidta Mazard, was nine months pregnant at the time and called the youngster her “rock”.
She added: ‘[Jasmine] inspired me to be a better mother and a better person.
Jasmine nevertheless persevered in her studies and achieved an 8.07 GPA – although the average high school score in America is 3.0, according to Think impact.
She even found time for extracurricular activities, including an art club, student council, student government association, and the speech and debate team.
Speaking during her farewell speech at the graduation ceremony, she told her peers: ‘Rejection doesn’t mean you’ve failed’
Jasmine achieved stunning academic success at Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School in Tampa, Florida.
Jasmine (pictured with her younger brother) has even found time for extracurricular activities, including an art club, student council, student government and the speech and debate team
Jasmine, who hopes to become a doctor, said her younger brother was her inspiration, telling hello america: “Sometimes it can be difficult, but I watch him and I want to be a role model for him.”
Speaking during her farewell speech at the graduation ceremony, she told her peers: ‘Rejection doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Rejection just means being patient. Your time will come.
“Let it be a tool for you to persevere and never, ever, and I mean never give up on your dreams.”
She concluded, “Don’t let obstacles and what people say define who you really are.”
How does the GPA structure work?
Students can calculate their GPA (Grade Point Average) by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.
The most common GPA structure used by high schools is on a scale up to 4.0. Within it, the grades are represented by each denomination:
- 4.0: One
- 1.0: D
But the scale is far from universal, as some schools award extra points for students taking more challenging studies, including honors, dual enrollment, advanced placement, and International Baccalaureate courses.
Experts tend to agree that giving bonus points for taking more advanced courses puts students whose high schools don’t offer such courses at a disadvantage.
College admissions offices require copies of a student’s high school transcripts so they can adjust for class difficulty differences and grade inflation.