Jonathan and Janaya born just one minute apart have always done basically everything together including engaging in sports, but while Jonathan ran track, Janaya played basketball and now, the first generation graduates in their family are winning together, graduating top of their class from William W. Bodine High School in Philadelphia.
While Jonathan graduated distinction of Valedictorian, Janaya graduated Salutatorian. The pair who are the first in their family to attend college are both planning on attending college with full-ride scholarships.
Commenting on the feat, the winning duo attributed it to teamwork and their supportive parents. In a chat witb 6 ABC News, they dished on leaning onto each other:
“We motivate each other at all times like we compete for grades and everything,” Janaya said.
“I watched my parents sacrifice a lot for me and my sister throughout the years,” said Jonathan.
Their proud history teacher Kate Raber was full of praise for the siblings and celebrated them;
“They are students who know their minds. They’re students who know how to elevate their voices and their own classmates,” Raber said.
An excited Jonathan sharing the amazing news posted a photo of himself alongside his sister wearing their graduation attire with the caption;
“Good Morning, Facebook Family and Friends! I am pleased to announce that I will graduating as Valedictorian and my twin sister Janaya will be graduating Salutatorian. We will be giving graduation speeches. The hard work paid off. I have to give all honor and praise to God 🙌🏾🙂. I will never thought I would be graduating first in my class in High School!”.
Janaya will be starting at Temple University hoping to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Meanwhile, Jonathan, a pre-law student, will be headed to Howard University. He has hopes to one day become President and follow in the footsteps of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The duo graduated from high school on June 10th, coincidentally their 18th birthday.