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Local high school celebrates 12 valedictorians in graduating class

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GLADWIN, MI (WNEM) -

At Gladwin High School, achievement seems to be contagious.

This year, out of 130 students, 12 were valedictorians.

Peyton Rellinger said it's an honor to be at the top.

"It's cool that there is so many of us. We all worked very hard. It's great that they can honor all of us, instead of just a couple,” she said.

Rellinger said getting here wasn't easy.

She said it took a lot of discipline and studying to achieve all A’s. She credits her teachers for making this possible.

"The teachers are just really good and they encourage us to do our best all the time and give us as much support as they can,” Rellinger said.

Dylan McDonald said his top-of-the-class status was built around being a school athlete. He said the 12 valedictorians got there by leaning on each other.

"We are all pretty competitive within each other. We are always comparing grades, percentages and everything,” McDonald said.

This isn't the first time they have had a high number of valedictorians at Gladwin High School. Last year they had 10.

Dave Beyer is the principal at Gladwin. He said there's something special about this entire graduating class. He also said it's not a surprise that so many of them rose above.

"All these kids are leaders. All these kids are so involved. Not only in athletics but also in academic ventures,” Beyer said.

Most of the valedictorians said they have big plans for the road ahead.

"I'm going to SVSU to do prerequisites, then probably MSU,” McDonald said.

"I'm headed to Michigan State University,” Rellinger said.

There was also one salutatorian in the group. That student ranked second highest in their graduating class.

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