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Class Act

May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014

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May 12, 2014

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A standout senior centerfielder at Oakland Tech, Akintunde Ahmad was named 2013 MVP of the Oakland Athletic League. Tunde, as he's known, also boasts a 5.0 GPA and scored a 2100 on the SAT. He plays the trumpet and French horn in a youth orchestra and is president of his school's Black Student Union. All this despite growing up in an inner city that almost caught him in its violent swirl last winter, when he skipped a party where gunshots broke out, wounding his brother. When it came to selecting a college, in a twist on the signing-day ritual, Tunde accepted an invite to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he announced that he'll play baseball at Yale. DeGeneres then surprised him with a $15,000 scholarship sponsored by Shutterfly. Tunde's story resonates, he says, because "we're changing the stereotype of kids that look like me in our city."

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PHOTOMICHAEL ROZMAN/WARNER BROS. (AHMAD)