“Cheers!” is an Atlanta Voice feature highlighting the everyday accomplishments of everyday people—things like special honors, awards, job announcements, graduations, promotions and other achievements

5/17/2013, noon


Kirstie & Kristie Bronner

Identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner have been named co-valedictorians for the Spelman College Class of 2013.

With a 4.0 GPA, the Bronners are the first twins to receive the designation in the history of Spelman.

Following graduation the sisters, both music majors, plan to record a contemporary Christian CD.

The Bronners are third-generation Spelman graduates, and the daugthters of Bishop Dale Bronner of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral.

Lorin Crawford is the valedictorian for Clark Atlanta University. The mathematics major has a 4.0 GPA.


Lorin Crawford

The Chino Hills, California native plans to attend Duke University to pursue a Ph.D. in statistical science.

Computer Science major, Betegesaw Tadele is the valedictorian for Morehouse College.

The native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has a 3.99 GPA and will work as a tester for Microsoft in Seattle after graduation.

“On a larger scale, I think it encourages everyone around me as they can see that a boy from Ethiopia can actually succeed in America, not just Ethiopians, but anybody from any level from anywhere in the world,” said Tadele.