North Philadelphia twins graduate as school's valedictorian, salutatorian

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia twins born just one minute apart graduated at the top of their class from William W. Bodine High School in Northern Liberties.

Jonathan and Janaya Boston McCray from North Philadelphia are the Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. With some teamwork and some healthy competition, the two headed to college on full rides.

"We motivate each other at all times, like we compete for grades and everything," Janaya said.

The twins are the first in their family to go to college. While Jonathan ran track, Janaya played basketball. They said the key to their success is real teamwork. Both have a great level of respect for their parents.

"I watched my parents sacrifice a lot for me and my sister throughout the years," Jonathan said.

Their history teacher Kate Raber said both are more than just book smart.

"They are students who know their minds. They're students who know how to elevate their voices and their own classmates," Raber said.

Janaya chose Temple University and is excited to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Jonathan is excited to be in the nation's capital studying pre-law at Howard University. He aspires to become president and follow in the footsteps of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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