Celebrities may be famous but they are no airheads — in fact, many of them are geniuses with perfect SAT scores, the title of high school salutatorian/valedictorian and/or high IQ levels that qualify them as MENSA geniuses.
Let's take a look at seven stars who graduated high school as salutatorian and valedictorian. For those unfamiliar with these terms: a salutatorian is a person ranked second-highest in their graduating class and a valedictorian is the highest-ranked person in their graduating class.
John Legend: Salutatorian
The "All of Me" hit-maker graduated from North High School in his hometown of Springfield, OH at the age of 16 as salutatorian. He was accepted to the prestigious Harvard University but he chose the University of Pennsylvania instead, where he majored in English and a concentration in African-American literature and culture.
Carrie Underwood: Salutatorian
The country star and American Idol winner was the salutatorian of her class at Checotah High School in Oklahoma in 2001. She was an all-rounded student in high school, having joined the cheerleading squad, the honour society, the basketball team and the softball team. She went on to major in mass communication at Northeastern State University with a concentration in journalism.
Tim McGraw: Salutatorian
Tim McGraw, one of the biggest country crooners on the planet, graduated from Monroe Christian High School in 1985 as salutatorian. He was offered a baseball scholarship at the University of Louisiana, Monroe but he left the school when his family relocated to Florida and he did a brief stint at Florida Community College (Jacksonville) before dropping out of college to pursue a career in country music.
"Weird Al" Yankovic: Valedictorian
It was obvious from a young age that Alfred Yankovic, whom we now all know as Weird Al, was a genius. He started kindergarten a year before his peers, skipped second grade and became valedictorian of his class at Lynwood High School in Lynwood, CA. After high school, he attended the California Polytechnic State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in architecture.
Alicia Keys: Valedictorian
Alicia Keys went to high school at the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City, where she majored in choir and graduated valedictorian. The "Girl on Fire" star was accepted to Columbia University (an Ivy League college), which she attended for a month before dropping out to pursue her music career with Columbia Records. Yes, she left Columbia University for Columbia Records.
Kira Kosarin: Valedictorian
The Thundermans star skipped two grades as a child, which resulted in her starting her freshman year at 12 and graduating high school at 16. She graduated as valedictorian at Brighton Hall in San Fernando Valley, CA in June 2014. In her May 2014 interview with us, she revealed that she has plans to go to college.
Cody Simpson: Valedictorian
Australian teen idol Cody Simpson surprised the world this year when he announced that he had graduated from Atlana Country Day as valedictorian. "It is possible to finish high school amidst having a very busy schedule and amidst working relentlessly towards chasing my wildest dreams," he told his peers in his valedictorian speech. The singer has not revealed any plans to go to college yet.
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