In a rare end-of-the-year twist, the Class of 2014 at Maricopa High School doesn’t have one valedictorian.
Instead, the class has two top-ranked academic achievers, and they happen to be best friends.
Aaron Tamaddon, 17, and Alex Vu, 18, are sharing the prestigious senior title after taking the exact same classes and getting the exact same grades.
“We just figured, you know what? We’re probably going to be valedictorians,” Vu said. “We can tie. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
Long before the battle to keep a flawless grade report began sophomore year, their friendship started at Maricopa Wells Middle School, when the two boys worked on a project for the Future Cities program and quickly became fast friends.
Continuing the friendship into high school wasn’t always a sure thing. Tamaddon initially planned to join his siblings at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee.
But for whatever reason, his boundary request was denied as a freshman.
“It’s funny how things work like that. I was really disappointed at the beginning, but I made a lot of friends here and the staff is really supportive,” Tamaddon said.