Six stellar students share valedictorian honors at Boca Raton Community High School

First time ever in 48-year school history

BOCA RATON, Fla. - For the first time ever, six students at Boca Raton Community High School are sharing the honor of being valedictorian.

"It was kind of a shock to all of us that we were tied, but it was cool," says Olivia Plana, one of the six stellar students.

Each of the students had straight A report cards. So it came down to their weighted grade-point averages, which all hovered at 5.5.

Instead of calculating the number down to the second decimal point, the principal decided to reward them all.

"To distinguish from one to the next would've been a false distinction. Statistically we could do it but it wouldn't be an accurate measure from one to the next of what they've accomplished academically," says Boca Raton Community High School Principal Dr. Geoff McKee.

The students say they don't mind sharing the top spot.

"I think it's cool that we all get to share it, and have this honor together. We all deserve it," says Kristina Bergman.

"We're all in the same class, we help each other on homework," says John Doyle.

"I thought I wasn't gonna be one and then a day later Dr. McKee said I was, it was pretty surprising," says Michael Pham.

Not only do they share the title... they'll divide up speeches at graduation. Three minutes each.

"I just want to stress to everybody that the future is in their hands, they have to try to do their best," says Andrew Flint. 

"I think it's really cool because we get to hear from a bunch of different students," adds Michelle Kilgallon.

Each of the six valedictorians is going to college.

Their principal says he is proud of the entire class of 2011. Several students will be attending prestigious colleges like Harvard, Duke and Brown.

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