Miles Brown, known for playing Jack Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish, was named Blue Ridge Academy’s best-graduating student after achieving the highest grade in his class.
The 18-year-old actor received the Valedictorian medal, graduating with excellent honors. The young actor, also known as Baby Boogaloo, said that receiving the award was a significant accomplishment given that he had to juggle between work and school.
He urged his fellow graduates to dream big and to be inspired to realize their aspirations in his keynote address.
“You know that dream that keeps you up at night—the one that can’t shake you even if you cry. That dream is meant to come true if you manifest it correctly,” Brown said. “Never give up on yourself. Every good thing takes commitment and time, so if it feels good to you, give it the best of your time,” he said.
Brown’s on-screen “father,” Anthony Anderson, better known as Andre “Dre” Johnson, offered the teen his unwavering support.
Anderson, who considers himself a member of the family, said in an interview with The Messenger that he was getting ready to celebrate the high school graduation of his TV son Miles Brown.
“Miles Brown is graduating from high school today,” Anderson said. “I’m heading out to sit with the family to watch him walk across the stage.”
“I’ve been with this young man from [when he was] a toddler,” Anderson said. “I can’t wait to go sit there and celebrate him walking across the stage, graduating high school. I met him when he was 8, and now he’s 18. So, it’s a beautiful thing,” he added.