Local twins graduate top two in high school class – CBS Tampa

PLANT CITY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Plant City High School twins graduate at the top of their class, both at the top, one valedictorian and the other salutatorian.

“Growing up, especially in elementary and high school, it was more of a competition than a friendship,” said Drew Blanton.

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Twins, Drew and Bailey Blanton have always done everything side by side.

“Going into the first year, I didn’t really think I was good enough to be in the top two, our goal was definitely to be in the top ten,” said Drew Blanton.

Becoming valedictorian and salutatorian of Plant City High School was no exception.

“We didn’t realize it until halfway through our freshman year, we got our first summary sheets and found out I was number two and she was number three, so we were like, ‘Oh wow, we can do this! Drew Blanton said.

A couple of weeks ago, they got the call telling them that Drew was first in his senior class and Bailey was second.

“My agriculture class wasn’t honors, but his was honors when it wasn’t supposed to be, I thought, so he started earning me extra honors points,” said Bailey Blanton.

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Graduated with a 7.84 gpa, Drew says he feels on top of the world.

“A lot of work, a lot of stress, but I enjoyed the whole process,” said Drew Blanton.

Bailey, with an astounding 7.56 GPA, couldn’t be happier.

“I’m so proud of both of them,” said Bailey Blanton.

The twins are not only in the top two, but they play volleyball and are also president and vice president of the national honor society and senior class.

“Our main objective was to do everything possible.

And with all of their accomplishments, their main focus now is supporting each other through graduation and into their first year of college at the University of Florida.

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“I would say being ranked in the top two in the rankings is just icing on the cake,” said Bailey Blanton.

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