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GARLAND, Tex. - An 8-year-old was offered admission into a Texas university after her mother sent the school a video of the girl.
Jordin Phipps proudly sported a University of North Texas T-shirt while talking to the camera as her mother recorded her.
"(I'm going to) start my day in a positive way," Phipps said. "I will be respectful with the words I say. I will pay attention, and I will do my best, and I will study hard for every test."
The motivational pep talk was a presentation of a daily message that Phipps and her classmates at Watson Technology Center in Garland, Texas, recite at school.
"I will take advantage of what my teachers have to give. I will become a productive citizen in this world," Phipps said. "I am smart. I am a leader. Failure is not an option for me. Success is only moments away. I have the attitude of a North Texas eagle."
After seeing the video, UNT officials surprised Phipps at an assembly at her school and awarded her a $10,000 Presidential Excellence award, which is normally given to high school seniors. She was also guaranteed a spot in UNT's class of 2030.
Phipps' mother, Nichole Smith, is a University of North Texas alumna.
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