Maplewood, NJ – SZA has another accolade to add to her growing list of accomplishments after being inducted into her high school’s hall of fame, joining a group that includes Lauryn Hill. The TDE singer visited her alma mater, Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey on Monday (June 4) to accept the special honor and deliver a motivational speech to the current students.
Despite recent troubles with her vocals chords, SZA also gave an impromptu performance of her hit single “The Weekend.” In some since-deleted tweets from last week, she declared her voice was permanently injured.
In her speech, SZA told a room full of screaming students that her success came from the personal drive she had in high school.
“It starts with compassion,” she said. “It starts with trusting yourself even when people are telling you you’re too young to trust yourself. My mom used to say idle eyes is the devil’s playground, but I disagree. It’s where you find the details of the inner workings of yourself and figure out what you actually want to do. Daydreaming is actually where this whole thing starts.”
According to Tap Into Soma, SZA was a member of The Special Dance Company, the gymnastics team and the varsity cheerleader squad while in high school. In a 2017 interview with Big Boy, she mentioned she had hopes of being inducted in her school’s hall of fame.
Check out more footage and pictures from SZA’s induction below.