Valedictorian in Alabama Won Over $2 Million in Scholarships — and People Are Hating

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Mari Filer isn't your typical high school graduate. The teenager from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is not only valedictorian of her graduating class, she has also earned over $2 million in scholarship money and boasts an astounding 4.56 GPA. 

"This type of success is available to anybody," Filer told WIAT News 42, revealing that she was accepted to 39 colleges and universities. The graduate has decided to attend her father's alma mater, Florida A&M University, a historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Central High School graduate posted her amazing accomplishment to Twitter. "Graduated as valedictorian with a 4.56 GPA, over 24 college credits, and over 2.8 million dollars in scholarships! Shoutout to God!" 

Mari Filer.
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While the tweet went viral online, receiving over 40,000 retweets, some detractors were less than impressed with her success: 

Filer told WIAT some of the comments she'd received: "That's a lie," "She's doing this to boost her ego," that she was trying to "make herself look better" by doing this and that, "You can't even get above a 4.0 GPA" and "Where are you going to school, Mars University?"

But Filer isn't letting the haters distract her. "When I post my accomplishments or awards, I always give God the credit because it's his to give," the valedictorian told WIAT News. "God is not done with me yet."

Read more: These Photos of Black Moms Graduating in the Class of 2016 Will Melt Your Heart

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Philip Lewis is a programming editor at Mic. He was previously an editorial fellow for 'The Huffington Post'. He can be reached at plewis@mic.com

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