Biiftu Duresso was selected to be the valedictorian this year for Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School. This past Saturday Duresso, 18, not only graduated at the top of her class, she also made it a point to thank everyone that inspired her throughout high school. That included her father Jamal Abdullahi, who is an Ethiopian immigrant, who now works at her school as a supervising custodian.
13 WHAM reports that Abdullahi grew up in Ethiopia during a civil war, and immigrated to the United States on March 28, 1983, despite not being able to speak any English.
In her speech Duresso said: “My parents, Jamal and Zubaida, made their way to Rochester, New York, from Ethiopia in the ‘80s and '90s [and] had the audacity to imagine something better for me and my siblings.”
After arriving in the United States, Abdullahi worked a variety of odd jobs. In 1986, he eventually landed a part-time position working as a custodian. Abdullahi was hired to work for the Rochester City School District,Read More »from Grateful daughter thanks her hardworking father during valedictorian speech