Editor's Note: After the story below ran, the U.S. Department of Education contacted YNN to tell us the document and Secretary Arne Duncan's signature was a forgery. Click here for our follow-up story with reaction from Delisha Thomas and Huston-Tillotson officials.
A Huston-Tillotson University student is leading the nation after accomplishing a nearly impossible feat.
Delisha Thomas recently took the LSAT, the entrance exam required by law schools, and scored in the top four across the country.
Thomas, 25, was drawn to the historic East Austin school because of its small size and close-knit community, even though it did not have a pre-law program.
“I doubled in Criminal Justice and Political Science,” Thomas said. “It's pretty much the equivalent of pre-law."
A major obstacle for all law school-hopefuls is the dreaded Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, which some say is the hardest of all exams.
Cheerleader, honor society president and single mother of two, Thomas’ teachers at HT and classmates helped her prepare for six months.
"Flashcards, practice tests, booklets, anything that you could possibly think that had the LSAT logo on it, I bought it," Thomas said. "It is definitely not another test.”
And when the scores were tallied, out of thousands of students, Delisha was among the top four high scores in the country. She'll be honored at a US Department of Education conference next week.
“To have a student from a school as small as ours score in the top four is just an extraordinary accomplishment, we're just so proud of her," Mike Hirsch, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. "Any student from any college who would score in the top five would just be probably able to get into any law school that they would desire."
As for which school Thomas wants to attend, she says she’d like to stay local.
“I think I'm actually going to pick UT maybe,” she said. “Everything's here. I love it in Austin."
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will recognize Delisha Thomas and the other three LSAT top scorers at a conference in Kansas next week. At the conference they will reveal who scored highest of all.