FALSE: Imee Marcos was ‘class valedictorian’ from California boarding school

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FALSE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos claims she was class valedictorian from the Santa Catalina School in California. File photo of Marcos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos claimed she was “class valedictorian” from the Santa Catalina Convent, now called Santa Catalina School, in Monterey, California.

In her curriculum vitae posted in the website of the House of Representatives during her time as congresswoman, Marcos claimed she was “class valedictorian” from the California boarding school and received an advance placement in English, history, and arts.

This CV, however, was already removed from the House website. Rappler was able to keep a copy before it was taken down.

This claim is false. 

Santa Catalina School’s assistant head of school John Aimé told Rappler that Marcos did not graduate from the institution. This means she cannot be class valedictorian either.

Rappler asked Aimé to confirm if Marcos had graduated as class valedictorian from their school and if so, what academic years she attended.

“While the student you inquired about attended our school for a brief period in the fall of 1972, she is not a graduate,” he said.

When asked if any reasons were given for Marcos' departure from the school, Aimé said Santa Catalina School does "not discuss student records without the permission of the student."

Rappler already sought Marcos for her comment, but she has not replied as of posting time.

Read the full fact-check article on Rappler.com.


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