CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's believed to be the first time seven students have all ended up tying for valedictorian in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Seven seniors graduating from Myers Park on Tuesday will present a short speech and all be bestowed the school's top academic honor.
Jack Kabrich, Alyssa Ho, Stuart Ayer, Koby Frank, Ryan Shorkey, Conor McAvoy and Julia Kelly will all graduate with a GPA of 5.500. School administrators didn't know until final grades were tallied last Wednesday that the students would all finish in a tie.
"We sat them down Thursday morning and told them they would all be valedictorian," said Assistant Principal Kim Andrews.
Monday morning, the seven students met to go over a speech they will all deliver together. Each student wrote a short part in the speech that is expected to last around 15 minutes.
"It's really cool to be able to share this with 6 other people because we all went through this journey together," said Alyssa Ho.
The students have spent their entire high school career in many of the same classes and all consider themselves friends.
While it's not the first time more than one student has tied for valedictorian, it's believed to be the first time in CMS history that seven students have all achieved the honor with exactly the same GPA.