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Gradebook podcast: How hard is it to earn a 10.58 GPA?

Newsome High School valedictorian Katherine Metheny discusses having one of Hillsborough County’s top grade points ever.
Newsome High School valedictorian Katherine Metheny earned a 10.58 grade-point average, higher than any other Hillsborough County graduate in 2019 and, it is believed, ever. [Courtesy of Katherine Metheny]
Newsome High School valedictorian Katherine Metheny earned a 10.58 grade-point average, higher than any other Hillsborough County graduate in 2019 and, it is believed, ever. [Courtesy of Katherine Metheny]
Published May 30, 2019
Updated May 30, 2019

In Florida, a high school student’s official grade-point average cannot exceed 4.0. Not so in Hillsborough County, the state’s third-largest district and the eighth biggest in the nation.

Its students can earn an extra 0.04 points for each district-approved honors course in which they receive a C or higher, and an added 0.08 points for every AP, IB, AICE and dual enrollment class.

Many students take advantage of the opportunity to rise above, but none more than Newsome High 2019 valedictorian Katherine Metheny, who finished with a 10.58 GPA. District officials said they are unaware of anyone who has ever graduated with a higher GPA.

Why did she do it? Was she able to have a life outside of classes too?

Metheny talks about her accomplishments, her goals and life as a high achiever with reporter Jeff Solochek.

Related: Hillsborough County 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians