The two top students at one New York high school are twins, who are taking sibling rivalry to a whole new level. They aren’t just connected to each other.
Last Thursday, the West Hempstead Secondary School Class of 2023’s valedictorian and salutatorian were announced as twin sisters Gloria and Victoria Guerrier. Victoria’s grade point average was 104.9, while Gloria’s was 105.3. According to the school, neither of them has ever had a grade on their transcripts that was less than 100.
“We had been working for this for a long time but we never know what can happen in the four years,” said Victoria, during an appearance on “Good Morning America.” “So we’re very happy that it turned out the way we wanted.”
The twins competed in the classroom for all four years. When one student received a higher grade than the other, it inspired the other to perform better the following time.
“It’s like the saying, ‘How iron sharpens iron,’” said Gloria. “We really use each other to improve upon ourselves. I think that level of competition between us was what really helped us.”
Gloria and Victoria are three-sport varsity athletes even outside of the classroom, and they have both received All-County and All-State recognition for the track.
“Their latest feat is just one of many accolades that they have achieved both in and outside of the classroom,” the school said in a statement. “They are in the top 5% of the secondary school’s graduating class and have never shied away from a challenging course load. Year after year, they have chosen and enrolled in the most rigorous advanced courses that were available to their grade level and excelled in them all.”
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According to the Guerrier sisters, they both aim to study computer science when they enroll at Yale University in the fall. Thus, the competition has just started.