May 26, 2017


Opeoluwa Obajolu walks into a room, she brings a commanding presence with her
height and stature. She speaks with a deep rich voice, but possesses a light
personality full of whimsy. 


Ope, as
she’s called, accepts her salutatorian status at Shortridge International
Baccalaureate High School, with a humble spirit.Opeoluwa


“I wasn’t
sure when I was going to be picked to be valedictorian or salutatorian, but
when I heard I was picked, it was a really great surprise,” said Ope.


She and her
family moved to the United States from Nigeria when she was just
14-months-old.  She credits her strong
educational foundation to Indianapolis Public Schools and the Montessori
education she received from Stephen Foster School 67 during her elementary
school years.


definitely learned about the different communities and cultures,” said Ope.


She says her
best subjects are math, Spanish and art. For fun, she plays volleyball, tennis
and loves to sew. “I sewed a vest and I actually used fabric markers to
decorate it and depict a timeline of my life.”


Ope has
proven she’s not afraid of hard work and has this advice for others working to
achieve great things in life.


“Even when
you’re tired and you think you’ve had enough, push through because it will be
worth it. All that hard work will pay off,” she said. “I remember I had moments
where I was tired and I wanted to quit, but I knew I still had my future ahead
of me.”


In the
fall, Ope will attend Purdue and major in civil engineering. She received a
full-tuition scholarship through the Purdue Bound program. Ope said she’s interested
in the design aspect of engineering and designing buildings.