Sole Valedictorian Named At Malverne High School After GPA Calculation Error

MALVERNE, NY (1010 WINS) — There’s a new valedictorian at Malverne High School after human error lead to a grade calculation mix-up.

Thursday night, the Malverne Board of Education named Aalique Grahame as valedictorian for the class of 2011.

Grahame was originally awarded salutatorian with classmate Sarah St. John given the top honor. But a discovery by the Board of Education found that Grahame actually had highest grade point average in his class, not St. John, who was a close second.

Grahame had a GPA of 95.42 while St. John had a 95.16. 

When the error was discovered, the Board decided to make both Grahame and St. John valedictorians, saying in a statement “Because the ranking announcement was made and communicated several months ago, the district believes it is only fair to identify both Aalique and his classmate, Sarah St. John, as Valedictorians of the Class of 2011, with an acknowledgement that Aalique’s grade point average was slightly higher than Sarah’s.”

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Grahame ‘Very Happy’ To Be Named Valedictorian

“We were taken by surprise when this was brought to our attention,” Malverne Schools Superintendent James Hunderfund said Wednesday. “We corrected that and now we’re moving on.”

But after an emergency executive session Thursday, the board decided to name Grahame the sole valedictorian.

St. John was named salutatorian and the original salutatorian, student Xavier Bernard, will instead be given a speaking part at graduation.

“If Aalique really deserved it and he did beat me, if only by a little bit, then I don’t want to take it away from him,” St. John said.

On Friday, Grahame, his aunt and other students met with the school administration to request the district recalculate GPA’s for entire graduating class. A spokeswoman for the superintendent said there are no plans to do any more re-calculations, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

Malverne’s graduation is on June 24. Both Grahame and St. John have been offered full scholarships to college.


One Comment

  1. lydia says:

    Nowhere in this article nor any of the participants claimed this was a case of racial injustice. It clearly says there was a calculating error. I hope race wasn’t a motivation for this but while I’ll acknowledge it is possible how the heck do you know?
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  2. KPMc says:

    geez, Nwwaert… you are a moron. This young man EARNED his grade and the honor that goes along with it. Exactly the way people like myself, opposed to affirmative action, want it to be.

    He got there on his own merits and hard work and if more Americans did it that way, white, black, brown, yellow or green, we’d all be much better off for it.

    Go crawl back under your rock and stop spouting catch phrases you learned on Fox News every time you see a person of color you racist moron.

    Congratulations Aailque and mom, aunt and anyone else that helped raise a fine, young man in today’s jaded world as well as to the others that garnered top honors and their families.

    As for both those that won’t give credit where it is due and the other side that want’s everything handed to them maybe you should open your eyes and learn a lesson from a hard-working teenager.

  3. T says:

    If the tables were turned, there would be no question who was valedictorian. UNREAL, and the little girl made it a point to say “IF he really did beat me… by a little bit”. It’s sad that with a Black president this sorry school district is still trying to hold some people back. He is the first African American to win this honor at this school. Why on earth should he have had to fight for what he rightfully earned. SAD SAD SAD!

    1. anoymous says:

      No one is holding anyone back. Rumor has it that the guidance counsel tipped the family off with the grades not adding up correctly…? . Maybe that guidance counselor should be fired because they should have not have that. Also, Sarah is not a ‘little girl.” She was simply stating that her classmate should be Valedictorian because his grades were higher..Leave race out of this situation; it had nothing to do with it as well as the Black president..

  4. Valedictorian's mom says:

    When you earn the highest grade, how is affirmative action of any relevance? I always thought the student with the highest grade point average got the honor of being valedictorian. When my African American son graduated from a racially mixed school, he was valedictorian because he had the highest grade point average. When you are vying for top honors, there is always a small difference in grade point average. Parents of top contenders have to stay vigilant just like Aalique’s aunt to make sure that HUMAN ERROR or politics doesn’t interfere with fact. In America, I thought we abide by rules and regulations.

  5. Pete says:

    There can be only one valedictorian, unless the score is EXACTLY the same. In many schools this is also a political thing between pushy and influential parents and corrupt teachers. My son was also a valedictorian, but only because I worked in the same school and could watch the mechanics of electing the valedictorian. Mistakes from adding the grades just do not happen, as most teachers have passed second grade in math.

  6. Peter says:

    …oh get off the board and prepare for tomorrows “sheet” sale at Penneys!

  7. anonymous says:

    Way to go Sarah for not being a sore loser and for stating that your classmate/friend, Aalique deserves being sole Valedictorian.
    Your parents should be very proud of you on how you handled yourself throughout this ordeal.
    All the best to the BOTH of you….

  8. SKW says:

    You are what’s wrong with the world!

  9. Rosa says:

    These two students are exceptionally bright. I praise the Superintendent for wanting to have co-valedictorians. What’s wrong with sharing – it shows your true character. Their averages are .26 of a difference which is insignificant. When you see top students work so hard they both deserve this top honor. People matter, not fractions!

    1. Michael H. says:


      That’s why there’s a Valedictorian and a Salutatorian. Both are high honors, and rightly so, one is higher than the other. A difference of .26 is the difference between an A and a B in one class one semester. That’s enough to secure the top spot in a graduating class.

      1. Rosa says:

        How about .04 of a difference?

      2. Michael H. says:

        .04 is still a difference. One student would still have a higher GPA than the other.

        It could be .0004 and you’d still have one student with better grades than another.

        Stop trying to pretend that there’s more to this than pure numbers.

    2. jojo says:

      The problem is that they both did not have the same GPA. One was higher then the other. Its not like they had the same exact GPA .

    3. 1 Winner says:

      There’s a lot of things wrong to sharing in this case and I am happy the outcome is a SINGLE winner. Its a lifetime achievement. Do you know the difference between a #1 player in any sport vs a ranked #2000 player …. SUBTLE differences and guess what the salary difference is? Millions. Go live in your world of fairies. There’s only 1 and that should be the way it is.

    4. KPMc says:

      Rosa… your impassioned plea is part of what’s wrong with today’s world. Let’s not reward the best but make everyone equal. What is wrong with rewarding exceptional work and results and why is everyone so eager to embrace mediocrity and parity?

      If a sprinter beats his opponent by .26 seconds do you want to make them both winners?

      Congratulations to all three that did very well and kudos to Ms. St. John for not crying sour grapes while the adults try to turn HS into pre-school. Hopefully you will all do well in the real world while Rosa waits for the government to make everything even for everyone regardless of hard work or lack thereof.

  10. E says:

    is this headline news?

  11. Michael H. says:

    How freaking racist are you? Mr. Grahame worked his behind off and EARNED that GPA. Go back to your Klan meeting.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Nice work CBS. Please erase my reply too

    2. Jillian O says:

      I completely agree with Michael H. White people are always trying to top minorities and they will try to get away with it every chance they can get. And, yes, it is headline news to show that racial injustice still exists everywhere. I’m glad that Aalique stood his ground. That young man may end up becoming a doctor and saving your white ass.

      1. KPMc says:

        Nowhere in this article nor any of the participants claimed this was a case of racial injustice. It clearly says there was a calculating error. I hope race wasn’t a motivation for this but while I’ll acknowledge it is possible how the heck do you know?

        Secondly… I only see a picture of the young man that won. How do you know the girl or the third-place boy was white and more importantly… it shouldn’t matter.

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