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Too many As leads to GPA snafu

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LIVONIA - Slight disgruntlement overshadowed Friday's graduation ceremony somewhat after the school decided to make two students valedictorians.

The students, both girls, had a GPA difference of .0083%. At first, Rekeya Blackmore thought she had earned the title of top of her class. But, this week, she learned that because of a new way Livonia High School calculated grade point averages, she had been beat by less than one percent.

Blackmore, who has had a perfect GPA since her freshman year took one more class than the other girl, displacing her average.

"My mom came home and told me that I'm not valedictorian, and the only thing I could think about was how many people I possibly let down," Blackmore said in an exclusive interview on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Friday evening.

Just ahead of the graduation ceremony, the school decided to honor both girls, who undoubtedly worked hard to keep such a high GPA for the last four years.

"It was hard," Blackmore's mom, Rene, said.

The school district said the issues will be addressed and will try to prevent the it from happening again.

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