BOSTON (AP) – Two sisters born in Nigeria have come a long way in a short time in Boston’s public school system.

Faith and Chioma Nwoaha will be honored as valedictorians at separate high schools.

The 18-year-old Chioma won the distinction at English High School, while 16-year-old Faith earned it at Jeremiah Burke High School.

The Boston Herald reports that the sisters are the first siblings in Boston history to earn head-of-the-class honors at the same time.

Less than three years ago, the pair was attending boarding school in Nigeria. Today, they live in a small apartment in Dorchester with their parents and four siblings.

Their mother, Comfort Nwoaha, calls the sisters’ achievement a “dream come true.”

Faith will attend Boston University as a premed student while Chioma plans to study biology at Northeastern University.

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