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Introducing 2023 Eclipse Award Honoree Sakhile “Solo” Mthethwa

Updated: Nov 1, 2023



At 14 years old, Sakhile "Solo" Mthethwa fell in love with wrestling. He aimed to be Orange County's first Black Valedictorian and State Champion wrestler. He achieved both, maintaining a 4.67 GPA, earning an Associate Degree upon high school graduation, and excelling in varsity wrestling.


Solo's achievements include Academic Varsity Letterman, Varsity Wrestling Captain, Youth club Founder & President, peer mentor for anti-racism, Academic Scholar Institute (ASI) Co-President, and 600+ hours of community service. He actively led Black Lives Matter events and founded "The Youth" to unite his community. Recognized as a Gates Scholar, Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, and Ron Brown Scholar, Solo now studies Computer Science at Harvard.


His Eclipse Award from OCAAHS celebrates his emergence as a community youth leader. In his absence from the 2023 Eclipse Awards Banquet, Ms. Rachel Carlton, his mother an African American History teacher, will accept the award on his behalf.



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