Jun   2014



Twin Sisters Are Co-Valedictorians of Their Senior Class

Writer, Editor, Wintergreen Orchard House

Can you imagine how proud your parents would be if you came home one day and announced that you were the valedictorian of your senior class? What if you and your sibling managed to earn the distinction? Believe it or not, two sisters in northern Nevada recently did just that—and they’re twins!

Gabby and Maria Munoz-Robles are making headlines this week after their identical GPAs made them co-valedictorians. The sisters both graduated from Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada, this past weekend with 4.54 GPAs, which placed them both at the very top of their class. It’s the first time in more than a decade that the school has had two valedictorians—and the first time they’ve ever been twins.

Perhaps surprisingly, the girls’ achievement wasn’t the result of a heated sibling rivalry. In fact, the sisters report that they’ve always supported and encouraged each other academically.

“If she got the A, it’s like I got the A too,” Maria said in an interview with The Record Courier. “A lot of people want us to be separate, but we enjoy it. When we give each other hugs, I feel like I’m hugging myself.”

Gabby and Maria plan on attending the University of Notre Dame this fall, where they’ve both decided to major in biomedical engineering. The school is not allowing them to share a dorm, but they hope to one day conduct cancer and arthritis research together.

Douglas High School also had two salutatorians in this year’s graduating class: Lane Smith, who plans to attend the University of Denver, and Jeff Williams, who plans to attend Arizona State University. Both Smith and Williams earned a 4.5 GPA.

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About Stephanie Farah

Stephanie Farah

Stephanie is a Writer and Senior Editor at Wintergreen Orchard House, where she manages the collection of data from schools in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Stephanie holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's in journalism from the University of North Texas. At various times she has been: an uncertain undergrad, a financial aid recipient, a transfer applicant, and a grad student with an assistantship and a full ride. Stephanie is an avid writer, traveler, cook, and dog owner. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with college-bound students and the counselors guiding them along the way!  

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