Having faced two school years deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s graduating seniors have overcome a great deal of adversity to get where they are.

The Class of 2021 is a class of perseverance, and this year’s valedictorians and salutatorians stand apart even among them, as Metro Nashville Public Schools revealed their names Thursday.

According to MNPS, this year’s top graduating seniors have run up quite a list of accomplishments, despite multiple long-lasting school closures that forced many to adapt to a completely new way of learning, away from in-classroom supports and the daily company of their friends and classmates.

MNPS said that between the 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians:

One-third started their academic careers as they were still learning English.

Four received Exceptional Education services.

One valedictorian co-wrote and rapped an uplifting song with two classmates.

At least one is headed to an Ivy League university.

One student has earned more than $1 million in scholarship opportunities.

One salutatorian started high school at another school, then thrived after she transferred and changed her focus during her sophomore year.

MNPS said it will share photos of each high school’s top graduating students on its social media sites over the coming weeks.

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