UPDATED a 11:45 a.m with news that Luella High in Henry also has twins in the top slots.
UPDATED at 2 p.m with news that triplets took the top three slots at Upson-Lee High School.
UPDATED at 3:34 p.m. with news that twins took the top honors at Franklin High School.
Bill Maddox of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education pointed me to these two news story, which he thought were worth noting. I agree. The valedictorians and salutatorians at Grovetown High School in Columbia County and at Clarke Central High in Athens are twins.
In addition, I am awaiting details from Henry County where twin brothers are the valedictorian and salutatorian at Luella High School. Sheldon C. Scoggins is valedictorian; his brother Brennan M. Scoggins is salutatorian.
I just confirmed a twin valedictorian/salutatorian at Franklin High School. According to principal Wayne Randall, Scout Josey is valedictorian and her sister Kate is salutatorian. They are the twin daughters of Ricky and Angie Josey of Canon, Ga.
And I have learned that the Williams triplets are in the top three slots at Upson-Lee High School. Their older brother was the valedictorian in 2009. To the parents of these four accomplished Williams children, whatever you are doing, teach the rest of us.
Nicole Williams was named valedictorian, and her sister, Lauren Williams, was named salutatorian. The Williams sisters are two/thirds of a set of triplets and their brother, Jonathan Kyle Williams, had the third highest average. Their older brother, Ryan Williams, was the Valedictorian for the Class of 2009 and is now attending UGA, which the triplets have indicated they plan to attend as well.
They are the children of Ms. Deborah Williams and Dr. Ben Williams. The Valedictorian is the senior with the highest numeric average who has completed all Honors Courses and has taken or currently enrolled in 3 of the 4 AP core subject classes. (3rd nine week grades are included) The student must have been enrolled at ULHS for both semesters of Junior and Senior Year. The Salutatorian is the senior with the second highest numeric average and the same criteria as for Valedictorian.
In Columbia County, congrats to the Chizmar sisters, their teachers and parents. In Clarke County, congrats to the Broocks sisters, their teachers an parents.
Mika, the valedictorian, posted an average of 101 on Clarke Central’s grade scale — just about a half-point higher than sister Nina, the salutatorian. Best friends as well as sisters, they’ll remain together after high school. Both are headed to Massachusetts, with scholarships to Wellesley College near Boston.
The only children of Athens’ Martin and Kazuko Broocks, the sisters plan to take some classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well, as they pursue a passion for science — particularly biological sciences. One day, they may do medical research, but for now they just want to explore.
“There’s so much to learn in science,” Nina Broocks said. “History already happened.”
The sisters aren’t always thinking the same thing and they’re not exactly identical — at least not to people who know them. Nina is noticeably taller, for example.
But they do share a special bond, and they’re in no hurry to lose it. Teachers and school administrators often made it a point to put them in separate classes during their elementary school years. But in high school, they’ve taken almost every class together.
“One year, I couldn’t get in Latin I, so I took a computer class instead,” Nina Broocks said.
Emily and Erin Chizmar, both 18, respectively attained the first and second spots of their senior class with smarts and a strong sense of competition.
“When the (school) year started I think I was fourth in the my class,” Emily recalled. “I remember going to all my teachers and telling them, ‘Hey, I need a 100 in your class so I can be valedictorian.’”
But that sense of competition doesn’t extend to each other. “We’re more competitive with ourselves,” Erin said.
In addition to salutatorian, Erin also is Grovetown High’s STAR Student. Erin noted, though, that Emily is a Georgia Scholar for the school. “It all kind of balanced out,” Erin said of the pair’s academic accolades.
The twins said they both will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and plan to live in the same dorm. Erin wants to study international affairs and hopes one day to become a diplomat for the United Nations. Emily wants to study math to become a theoretical mathematician, biomedical engineer or physicist.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog