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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai (L) poses for photographs before a meeting with Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) about the importance of girls' education and the need for universal secondary education world-wide in his office at the U.S. Capitol June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Malala Yousafzai took home a string of top grades in high school exams in the U.K., and her family is celebrating accordingly.

In her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams, Malala received A*s (similar to an A+) in biology, chemistry, physics, religious studies, math and the international version of the math certificate, and As in history, geography, English language and English literature. She can now go on to study for her A-levels.

Malala, 18, has been an advocate for girls’ education since her childhood in Pakistan; in 2012, after writing about her school’s troubles, she was shot in the head by the Taliban. She has since been living and studying in the city of Birmingham in the U.K, and remains an icon for global education. Her father took to Twitter to celebrate her high marks:


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