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Student learns she's valedictorian while working at Culver's drive-thru

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Just because schools are closed doesn’t mean academic achievements go unnoticed.

Kaitlyn Watson, a senior at Grand Traverse Academy in Traverse City, Mich., learned she was the valedictorian for her 2020 graduating class in a Culver’s drive-thru while she was at work.

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Watson was working at her post at Culver's, which is still open amid the coronavirus outbreak, when secondary principal Michelle Floering drove up to the window and delivered the incredible news. The principal recorded the whole exchange on video.

Just because schools are closed doesn’t mean academic achievements go unnoticed.

Just because schools are closed doesn’t mean academic achievements go unnoticed. (Michelle Floering)

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“I am? Oh my gosh. Thank you so much,” Watson said, overjoyed by the announcement.

Floering made mention of the fact that the pair had to stay six feet away from each other, so she couldn’t give her a hug, but congratulated the teen from afar.

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Despite the limitations, Watson was clearly excited by the news.