COLUMBUS, Ind. — There are still a few more months until the end of the school year, but one graduating class is already getting a lot of attention.
There are 452 seniors graduating from Columbus North High School this June. The school has never had an all-female top 10, but school officials say that changed this year.
“There’s not much difference between us in the top 10; all of us have been side by side crunching it through all the tests,” CNHS Valedictorian Amanda Wissmann said.
Wissmann says that "girl power" mentality started at a young age. "I’ve always grown up thinking I can do anything men can do."
But rising to the top hasn’t been easy. Salutatorian Clare Kim says she's made many sacrifices along the way.
“I would stay up really late and get all of it done,” Kim said.
Still, both girls say it was all worth it and now are encouraging other women to push their boundaries and believe in themselves
“We didn’t receive anything special because we were female to help us along. We were given the same opportunities, and in this case all women prevailed,” Wissman said.
School officials say they have noticed more females in the top 10 over the past few years. Last year, seven young women were in the top 10.