It’s very rare that at a high school graduation has two valedictorians. It even rarely still that those two valedictorians are identical twins.
This was the case at Douglas High School in Minden, Nevada – the first time in the school’s history.
Identical twin sisters Gabby and Maria Munoz-Robles have been doing everything together their whole lives. So it was only fitting that they graduated as co-valedictorians. Each sister graduated with a 4.54 GPA.
“If she got the A, it’s like I got the A, too,” Maria told the Record-Courier of Gardnerville. “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.”
"We always study together," Gabby told CBS News. "We do the same sports. We do the same extra-curricular activities."
In high school, they were involved in track, cross country and band. They said they would definitely be missing their teachers, friends and “the helpfulness of everyone working together.”
This dual celebration is only the start for them. The twins are planning to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall and will be majoring in biomedical engineering.
The university, however, is not allowing them to live in the same dorm – something they are okay with.
"We first wanted to debate them on it , but then we realized they did have a point that we needed to be separated and each have our own separate group of friends...and try to like...grow up differently, be individuals," Maria told CBS News.
After college, the sisters hope to attend graduate school and go into cancer and arthritis research together.