First Black valedictorian at VMHS hopes to become a role model for others

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Nikki Kirk, Vista Murrieta High School class of 2021 valedictorian. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The future is bright for Vista Murrieta High School Valedictorian Naketris “Nikki” Kirk. The 18-year-old has a 4.57 weighted GPA, has completed 17 AP and Dual Enrollment courses with MSJC and because of those achievements was accepted into UCLA. But those accomplishments aren’t the only thing Kirk has to be proud of, she is also Vista Murrieta’s first Black valedictorian. “VMHS Valedictorian Nikki Kirk is leaving a legacy of excellence at Vista Murrieta High School,” Murrieta Valley Unified School District Public Information Officer Monica Gutierrez said. “Her unwavering determination, strength and humility is demonstrated by her accomplishments. Nikki’s involvement with school athletics and activities is just as impressive as her academic rigor. She was on three athleti
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