Philadelphia Twins And First Generation College Students Set To Graduate As Valedictorian And Salutatorian


June 9, 2021

Twin power!

A pair of Philadelphia twins are graduating at the top of their class, 6 ABC News reports.


Janaya and Jonathan Boston McCray are graduating seniors at William W. Bodine High School in North Philly. The twins were born just one minute apart, always relying on each other and their family. Now they are graduating at the top of their class, with the distinction of valedictorian (Jonathan) and salutatorian (Janaya). 

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


Jonathan echoed her sentiments, saying the key to their success has been each other and the support of their parents. 

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

During high school, Janaya played basketball with Jonathan running track. Their history teacher Kate Raber, praised the siblings, saying they are more than just academically adept. 


“They are students who know their minds. They’re students who know how to elevate their voices and their own classmates,” Raber said.  

The twins are first-generation college students, both attending college with a full ride. Janaya will be starting at Temple University, pursuing a career as a veterinarian. As a pre-law student, Jonathan will be headed to Howard University, hoping to one day become President; the duo will graduate from high school on June 10th, their 18th birthday.


Congratulations, Janaya and Jonathan! We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Photo Courtesy of 6 ABC News

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