Bengali Immigrant Becomes Class Valedictorian

June 24, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 24, 2001, The New York Times reported on Dewan Kazi Fahima, who "was named her eighth-grade valedictorian in 1997, [when] her family had been in this country only five years." They are from Bengal. She recently became valedictorian of her high school class at John F. Kennedy High School, too. "'The American dream...holds me in its grasp because I have been blessed to live my own version of it,"' she declared."